Another Ginsberg tat? Why not? - Leyna has "ecstatic and insatiate" tattooed on her arm (from "Howl" - "who copulated ecstatic and insatiate.." - but you all knew that.) For more Ginsberg "tats" (and there's always more Ginsberg tats), click here.
And would it be too obvious a segue to mention the upcoming (print) edition of Sensitive Skin - featuring a rare, previously-unpublished 1992 interview by Allen with (William) Burroughs, conducted in Lawrence, Kansas, after a trip to the sweat-lodge! The publisher, B. Kold explains: "I got the manuscript from Christian X Hunter, many years ago, 1995? 1996?, when he was Friday-night co-ordinator at The Poetry Project.He was also an editor at Sensitive Skin. He went to Allen's office one day and was given the ms, either by Allen or his assistant (he can't remember) for inclusion in Sensitive Skin. We'd published a number of Beat writers by that time ((Herbert) Huncke, (Jack) Micheline, (John) Giorno) and he thought we were a good fit for the article. Unfortunately, I took a brief break from publication (15 years), and haven't gotten around to publishing it till now. What prompted me to publish it now? Last Fall, I visited another Sensitive Skin contributor, photographer Ruby Ray, at her apartment in San Francisco, and realized that it was she who took the iconic Burroughs photos for REsearch magazine. The penny dropped.. Ruby gave me three previously-unpublished photographs of Burroughs from the original REsearch shoot of 1981. David West, the painter, also created several original illustrations for the story that I'm also going to include. It looks great!"
- Sensitive Skin "hits the stands" April 27th.
Burroughs' invaluable 1953 Latin American journals (facsimilies and transcriptions), incidentally, are available here
"The person I was playing was an eighteen-year-old guy who hadn't come out yet, wasn't the voice of a generation, was confused, shy, intellectually brilliant, but sort of socially inarticulate - which is totally against what the world's thought of him would be". (Tom Sturridge, playing Carlo Marx aka Allen Ginsberg, in the upcoming "On The Road" movie has been doing his homework, as we have reported before - here.) So now he declares: "I read everything...every piece of poetry he wrote up until that age, all his diaries. I read biographies. I read so much stuff - but remembered on the first day of filming that I wasn't trying to become a Ginsberg expert. I was trying to play a character. I remember shooting a first scene, and them saying "action!", and thinking, "fuck! I've totally forgotten to sort of...read the scripts!. I can tell you all sorts of things about Ginsberg's dietary feelings in this period in time, but have no idea how to say these lines!".
On The Road. Cannes, next month.
Speaking of films,
Not sure why we've never featured it before, but here's the trailer for James Franco's Hart Crane film, The Broken Tower.
We did feature a note on Hart Crane (the anniversary of his tragic suicide is coming up again) here, and a link to Francisco Ricardo's intelligent "defence" of the movie here...
Beat culture. More publications. Happy to announce that Sharin Elkholy's The Philosophy of the Beats anthology has just come out. The book "explores the enduring literary, cultural, and philosophic contributions of the Beats in a variety of contexts" (drugs with Kerouac and Allen, feminism with Diane di Prima, the "issue of (the) self" in Bob Kaufman's poetry, etc, etc). Among the contributers, Ann Charters, and our good friend, Marc Olmsted.
Diane di Prima's medical difficulties (first reported on here) continue to plague her (or rather, this being America, all the attendant medical expenses continue to plague her). You can do something about it. Please click the link here.