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 […]

Charlotte Koons : For Suffolk Poet and Activist, a Career Devoted to Demystifying “The Other” 11/16/10

“You have to do more than litigate and protest [to get change],” she says. “As my friend Sr. Jean Clarke says, you have to have a shift in consciousness, your own first, and then through ripples to the broader community. The arts are one way to change people’s consciousness.” Charlotte will be honored by CARECEN […]

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 […]

“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 […]