Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday's Weekly Round-Up - 163

[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]

We've spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other "famous names" -  "company", in Bob's memorable term - Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John WienersDenise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi..  The list goes on.  Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins' old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on Jacket 2). 

Meanwhile, glimpses of a later Creeley - Penelope Creeley has written a delightful memoir of magical years with her husband, in so far as it relates to books and reading. That piece is published in conjunction with a symposium that will take place, next week, at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the University of Notre Dame, repository for his collection. The symposium also honors the recent publication of The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley and will be live webcast.

Speaking of University archives. As we previously announced, the University of Toronto is now the enviable custodian of the largest collection of Allen Ginsberg photographs in the world. Here's the Toronto Star's announcement of the coup. In the Fall in Toronto, there will be a special exhibition.

Tomorrow, the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony takes place at  the Passaic County Community College in New Jersey.

Last night, (but up it's until March 8), at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, was the opening of a big Fred W. McDarrah show - Save The Village - featuring a plethora of extraordinary photos, (among which, iconic Allen images - like this one - and this).

All this weekend, in Ipswich, England, the Festival of the Beats.

William Burroughs Centennial events are continuing (this coming Wednesday is the actual birth-date). We warn you, we at the Allen Ginsberg Project, in the coming days, are likely to become seriously Burroughs-centric (well, in fact, what the heck, we've already started!)

Check our Peter Schjeldahl's profile of him in the current New Yorker (and a podcast where Peter discusses the article - here)  

Ron Silliman weighs in on Beats and the movies (drawing together "On The Road", "Kill Your Darlings", and "The Line Has Shattered" (the recent documentary on the landmark 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference - there's footage from that conference in the Creeley footage mentioned earlier) - here

Rapacious real-estate is at it again.  Allen's old 170 East 2nd Street place in Manhattan's East Village, where he lived from August 1958 to March 1961, is about to be given some "renovations". For a glimpse of a classic turn-of-the-century tenement (via the ever-attentive E.V.Grieve) that won't be around (at least in this "unimproved" state) much longer, see here  

 Philip Glass's birthday today - Happy 77th Birthday Philip!

1 comment:

  1. It's too bad Ron Silliman can't discuss a film without turning it into a demonstration of how politically correct he is. (You can take the boy out of Trotsky but you can't take Trotsky out of the boy). He fails to mention that The Line Has Shattered features Daphne Marlett, Pauline Bunting, Phyllis Webb, and Bobbie Louise Hawkins, all testifying to the liberatory energies unleashed in Vancouver. He prefers to criticize an event that occurred in 1963 for not meeting expectations of gender equality of an event occurring in 2014. But, gee, Ron, it sure proves how wonderful you are.