Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday's Weekly Round-Up - 113


From last weekend's Round-Up: 

Beat Memories - the show of Allen's photographs currently up in New York, at the New York University's Grey Gallery (until April 6), has inspired some intelligent response. Here's Roslyn Bernstein in GuernicaHere's Seth Rogovoy in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here's Alana Shilling in The Brooklyn Rail. Here's Arielle Budick in The Financial Times. Here's Martin Chilton in the Daily Telegraph. Here's Mariano Andrade's AFP report. Here's the Huffington Post (with a slide-show!) - and Flavorwire with even more of a side-show!)

The show continues to gather international responses - here, here and here, for example.

Jill Krementz's personalized  portfolio for the New York Social Diary, on the occasion of the opening, is not to be missed and can be accessed here


Chris Felver's Lawrence Ferlinghetti documentary, "Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder" (we mentioned it here earlier), is starting to gather some appreciative, positive reviews. Daniel Gold in the New York Times notes: "This biography is often effusive in its praise, but some lives and legacies were meant for a tribute". Here's Matt Kohn on The Huffington Post - (Ferlinghetti) - "The Poet Who Brought You Some Freedom of Speech". 
Well worth reading also is Louis Proyect, in Counterpunch - "Though having departed to higher spiritual realms", "Allen Ginsberg", he notes, "makes a striking appearance (in the film)...sitting side-by-side with Ferlinghetti as they are interviewed on art and politics".    

Here's a thoughtful review of Lawrence's most-recent poetry collection - Lisa Pasold in Truthdig  on "Time of Useful Consciousness" 

Gerald Nicosia presents a first-hand account of working alongside director Walter Salles on the recently-released On The Road film here. And his opinion of the movie? -   
"I especially liked British actor Tom Sturridge's Allen Ginsberg", he writes... "He gets across the emotional intensity, frustration, and seething anger of the young Ginsberg better than any portrayal I have seen--suggests the powder-keg that Ginsberg was in those early days, and how he could have exploded into actual violence or destructive behavior, but instead put that powder-keg inside a poem that blew American literature wide open, Howl." 

"A rehearsed reading of Allen Ginsberg's Howl with bebop accompaniment is among the potential highlights of the Shetlands Jazz Festival in Scotland, which runs through until 17th of February (Sunday)" 

Vintage paperback Kerouac's and much more (so much more!) are available from here, Andrew Sclanders Beat Books - he's just put out his 62nd Beat catalog 

Tomorrow, Naropa University celebrates the ceremonial inauguration of Charles G. Lief, whose tenure as president officially began last August.

More Anselm Hollo hommages. (Naropa's page to him is here). Allen Kornblum, his publisher, posts a fond remembrance here. Tom Raworth hosts further memories. His (Anselm's) 1972 interview with Barry Alpert in Vort magazine is available here and Kyle Schlesinger, over at Mimeo Mimeo, has kindly made available his early (1963, Dead Languages Press) book, Lover Man


  1. > ow he could have exploded into actual violence or destructive behavior

    Really? That doesn't ring true to me.

    1. I agree. I don't see this propensity to violence and destructive behavior in the early Allen