Oct 23: Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace event in NYC

Featuring: Anne Waldman, Eliot Katz, Sahar Muradi, Zohra Saed, The Mast (featuring Haale Gafori and Matt Kilmer), Sara Goudarzi, Bob Rosenthal, Papoleto Melendez, Yusuf Misdaq, Tahani Salah, Jackie Sheeler, Chris Brandt, David Henderson, and surprise special guests. 10/22/2011 update: New additions to the evening’s celebrations: -Plus! Guest speaker, the author and investigative reporter, Greg Palast […]

mindblowingly amazing discoveries: Ginsberg’s Poetry Guide & The Queen transforms All the Lonely People

I officially declare today the annual day of mindblowingly amazing discoveries.  While I was wondering around I heard the song at the bottom of this post playing in a food establishment.   It took a few minutes to understand what I was listening too, and when I did I was blown through the walls.  It […]

Censorship: Howl & Tropic of Cancer readings 7/8- 7/9/11

B.J. SPOKE GALLERY CELEBRATES FILTH IN WALT WHITMAN COUNTRY B.J. Spoke Gallery, 299 Main Street Huntington, NY, 631-549-5106. bjspokegallery.com. B.J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, Long Island, will be tributing resistance to literary censorship with an exhibition called Censorship, and with readings from works that were brought to trial on charges of obscenity. The readings are part of its […]

If an electron falls in a forest . . . .

IW: I remember being shocking by the cultural provincialism of a New York Times Magazine writer who decried Zen Koans as meaningless waste of time.  (It might have been the Ethicist who made this pronouncement).  A Zen Koan is described by Wikipedia as It consists of a story, dialogue, question, or statement, the meaning of […]

ALLEN GINSBERG BOB DYLAN video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiH9QZzGc_s] http://allenginsbergmovie.com BOB DYLAN ALLEN GINSBERG from The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg by Jerry Aronson   Related Articles Eliot Katz: Ginsberg and the NYTBR article on the Beats & the Tea Party (www.onthewilderside.com) Howl: The Movie (litkicks.com)

Eliot Katz: Ginsberg and the NY Times article on the Beats & the Tea Party

Dear Friends (who were also friends of Allen’s): In the October 10th New York Times Book Review, there was an article by Lee Siegel comparing the views of Beat Generation writers, including Allen’s, to the right-wing Tea Party movement. I wrote a letter to the Book Review editor in response because I thought it was […]

Sheryl Crow Peace Music Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD1XLJSu1Po] How can you go wrong with Shirley, Allen & Jerry!

“Howl” is now feared obscene

  ‘Howl’ too hot to hear 50 years after poem ruled not obscene, radio fears to air it Fifty years ago today, a San Francisco Municipal Court judge ruled that Allen Ginsberg’s Beat-era poem “Howl” was not obscene. Yet today, a New York public broadcasting station decided not to air the poem, fearing that the […]