Herbert Huncke Centennial Celebrations at the Beat Museum today - Laki Vazakas, Hilary Holladay, Ben Schafer, Dennis McNally, Brenda Knight, Regina Marler and Tate Swindell look back upon and discuss Herbert Huncke's genius.
Two weeks since the last Friday Round-Up, so a bit of catching up to do. Here's (talking of the Beat Museum), the meeting-up of Gerd Stern (the man erroneously accused of losing it) and Mike McQuate, the man largely responsible for saving it - tho', as others have pointed out, Jean Spinosa should also be credited with exemplary dispersal of her father's estate) - Yes, more gab on the fabled "Joan Anderson Letter"
- Jerry Cimino's the moderator
[Jack Kerouac circa 1956 - Photograph by Tom Palumbo]
The Hungryalists - the Beats in India - Don't miss this BBC radio documentary (produced by Dominic Byrne) on this important critical moment in both Beat and Indian literary history (up and available for listening to on-line on the BBC's site for just two more weeks)
[Dominic Byrne interviews Hungryalist poet, Samir Roychoudhory for BBC's Indian Beats - The Hungryalist Generation]
[Shig Murao, Al Bendich and Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Howl trial - photo from Life magazine, 1957]
And, finally, an historic passing to report on today - Al Bendich, as the New York Times notes, "the last living member of the defense team in the "Howl" (obscenity) case" (and also the sole defender in the first of Lenny Bruce's obscenity trials in 1962) died January 5, aged 85, of a heart attack. It was he who wrote up the crucial brief or legal memorandum, "a document widely considered to have brought the defence victory". Looking back (now over half a century) to the Howl trial, the legendary Howl trial. In these times of increasing oppression, it is important, no, crucial, to remember the unsung heros of free speech.