[Gregory Corso, Rochelle Kraut-Rosenthal, Peter Orlovsky (holding infant Aliah Rosenthal) - and Bob Rosenthal - New Mexico, Summer 1980. Bob became Allen's secretary in 1977, and continued in that post until Allen's death in 1997. c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Bob Rosenthal's unique, remarkable, and candid recollections of two decades working as secretary for Allen, Allen's "right-hand man" (working out of his home/office at 437 East 12th Street), have recently (just this past week, in fact), been serialized on the New York Times blog - The Local East Village - and are, quite frankly, essential reading.
Bob's book-length manuscript, Straight Around Allen, is eagerly anticipated, but, meanwhile, we have this - in four parts - substantial preview of the materials at hand - "as told to" Daniel Maurer. Follow his enlightening, and entertaining, memoir here (Bob moves to 437, Allen follows - Bob Starts Work - Allen's Daily Routine - Allen's Reading - The Phones - The Mail - Office Music - Allen's Finances); here (Allen's East Village - The Houseguests - East 12th Street and the "Boys' Dorm"); here (Allen and Peter - Allen's Other Loves - Allen in Conversation); and here (Allen's Addiction - The Million Dollar Question - The Gap Ad - Allen on Film - Watching Allen Work - The Last Soup - Last Poems)