Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Weekly Round-Up - 193

    [Allen Ginsberg - Photograph by Marc Geller]

A wonderful Ginsberg issue (for all of you who read Portuguese - and even those of you don't, (including several pictures of Allen that we'd, frankly, never seen before) - 7faces
is an elegantly-designed review that includes poems, commentary, interviews, translations.
Contributions from Claudio Willer, Cesar Kiraly, Evaldo Gondim, among others. For more (including an on-line viewing of the journal), see here. 

We are Continually Exposed To the Flashbulb of Death - The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), Allen's photography show, continues at the University of Toronto Art Center - Here's Associate Editor of Canadian Art, David Balzer with a video review of the show. Here's John Shoesmith, co-curator at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library with an audio account  

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[Jack Kerouac passing statue of Samuel Cox, Tompkins Square Park, walking west on East 7th Street from my apartment to the corner of Avenue A, Lower Eastside Manhattan, he's making a Dostoevsky madface or Russian Basso BeBop Om, Just walking around the neighborhood, Fall 1953. (Ginsberg caption). photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Last week was the annual Jack Kerouac in Lowell celebrations
David Amram, John Sinclair, and Steve Dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo, this year, among the visiting celebrants.

"The Road is Life" - (et la mort et l'amour) - Here's a picture of John Sampas standing beside the recent newly-placed Kerouac grave-site monument.  

[John Sampas, Jack Kerouac's brother-in-law and literary executor, stands beside the newly-erected monument for Jack Kerouac, Lowell, Mass., Fall, 1014 - Photograph by Johane Rathe]

Speaking of posthumous manifestations, what on earth is British artist, Gavin Turk doing, all dressed up like that for last week's (Richard Strange)'s William Burroughs centennial event in London? 

[Gavin Turk as Allen Ginsberg]

Burroughs is featured (of course) in this, the BBC's belated review of gay Morocco.

What an alarming contrast berween this - the historic 'Fifties ("Queer Tangier") - and today (needing to spread the word, quite urgently we think, on the troubling Ray Cole case)   

 & Just in time for next month's European Beat Studies Conference, here's an insightful and detailed profile of Mohamed Mrabet -  the Moroccan  "Illiterate Poet of the Beatnik Mafia" ("He is the author of some twenty books, translated into fourteen languages. He has toured the world, made thousands of paintings, reinvented the landscape of Moroccan literature. And all of this without knowing how to read or write")  

[Mohamed Mrabet (born 1936)] 

Here, in case you missed it, back in 2010, is our Paul-Bowles-at-100 post

Update from last week's post, Ashoka Mukpo, "greatly improv(ing)", on Monday well enough to go on Twitter to say he was, "on the road to good health"  and giving out heartfelt "endless gratitude for the good vibes". A few moments later, he tweets: "Now that I've had first hand exp(erience) with this scourge of a disease [Ebola], I'm even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving". Update from yesterday's papers - tho' he remains "weak and fatigued", he continues with, what his father deems is, truly, a "remarkable" recovery.  Others not so fortunate.

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