Tuesday, January 31, 2012
[Philip Glass, Kiev Restaurant, 2nd Ave & East 7th St., New York City, June 10, 1993. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]
Philip Glass celebrates his 75th birthday tonight in New York at Carnegie Hall with a special concert (and the US premier of his 9th Symphony, expertly conducted, we don't doubt, by Dennis Russell Davies). There’ll be more celebrations later this month, including a five-night celebration at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, (“the Tune-in Music Festival”), which will include – and we’ve mentioned this before – collaborations by Patti Smith and Philip on the 24th, and with Bill Frisell, on the night before (that'd be the Thursday). Frisell and ensemble will be playing a work he composed to accompany a reading of Allen’s poem, Kaddish. Stage designs will be by Ralph Steadman, the event will be produced by Hal Willner. We’ll have more on that, and on Patti's contribution, (and, indeed, on Philip's contribution!) closer to the date - meanwhile.. Happy Birthday Phil !
Monday, January 30, 2012
[Illustration of a Golem, the syllables for 'emet' on it's forehead. via Golem/wiki]
[Yggdrasil - The Tree of Life via Norse Mythology]
[Loki as depicted on an 18th century Icelandic manuscript. Creative Commons]
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
[Hal Chase, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Morningside Heights, next to Columbia College, New York City, Winter 1944-45. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Thursday, January 26, 2012
[ (alternate caption) Gregory Corso his attic room 9 Rue Git-Le-Coeur, wooden angel kid hung on wall right, window on courtyard and half block from Seine. Burroughs came to live a flight below, Peter Orlovsky & I had window on street two floors down, room with two burner gas stove where we all ate often. Gregory had “Marriage”, “Power”, “Army”, “Police”, “Hair” and “Bomb” poems ready, I began Kaddish, Peter “Frist Poem” Burroughs was shaping Naked Lunch. Paris 1957. (Ginsberg caption) photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The following is more follow-up/continuation of the previously-published June 9 1975 Gregory Corso class (Gregory, sitting in for Allen Ginsberg at the NAROPA Institute), which we've been serializing here, here and also here.
Monday, January 23, 2012
["Old friend poet-secretary Alan Ansen (who typed manuscript of Naked Lunch in Tangier over a quarter century earlier) visiting from Athens where he expatriates, Henry Geldzahler's back patio, West 9th St. New York City, the afternoon before Francesco Clemente's double vernissage Mary Boone/Leo Castelli Galleries, March 30, 1985." (Ginsberg caption) - photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Saturday, January 21, 2012
AG: Have you had any before,?
TM: I think so
AG: It’s really good. I can’t drink milk, so..
TM: O my word! I drink a half gallon a day.
[Allen acknowledges and waves to the camera]
AG: So, do you like my digs?
AG: It’s amazing. After the other place I lived in.
TM: I know there were various places.
AG: I was 20 years in that walk-up [437 East 12th Street].
TM: ... (..Museum) – It was from July. It was called "I Would Have Shot Andy Warhol", after I saw the movie, it’s a review of the movie.
AG : Is it any good?
TM: The movie, "I Shot Andy Warhol"?
AG: [taking out his camera to photograph Taylor]: Yeah.
TM: It’s terrific. And the Basquiat movie, did you see that?
AG: No, I missed both of them.
TM: Both of them?
AG: (I) haven’t been going to the movies much.
[Allen begins giving Taylor a tour of the new apartment]
AG: This painting by Gregory Corso, it's Pearl Harbor Day
TM: Oh yeah.
AG: Here is a painting by Joe Brainard in there.
TM: It looks like Jim Morrison.
[Allen, next, referring to another artwork] (..the rose..and it had that picture at the top, the bottle..)
TM: Well, I remember, Larry Rivers, when I first came to New York in the’40s, he did a Lincoln Center thing of one of his Surrealist works that I really liked
AG: [points to and shows] Keith Haring
TM: Oh my god, It’s a great Keith Haring. Wow!
AG: [referring to Sebastian Piras, the filmmaker] – Has he got the right light?, angle (for the picture)?
TM: That has a plot to it.
AG: He gave me two things. That other thing is Keith’s also. This is a somewhat idealized version of my daydreams – sexual delights.
AG: (It’s) someone in a house.
TM: I love those colors, it’s great!
AG: Yeah. It’s kind of a joke.
TM: Well, I don’t think so. You’re sort of everybody’s…
AG: I thought nobody would treat me like that..
TM: ..the thought of everybody’s Buddha, from going way back..
AG: So this is..(another) area... I was totally knocked out by..
..[Allen previously mentions his admiration for Ron Rice’s “The Flower Thief”, starring Taylor Mead]
TM: But we were inspired, Ron and I (Ron Rice and I) both by "Pull My Daisy".
TM: Within a week after we saw "Pull My Daisy", Ron says.. you know, the spontaneity of "Pull My Daisy", we were totally influenced by that.
TM: ..and we saw..
AG: I’d like to see that again. I haven’t seen that in years.
TM: Well, great film.
AG: Yep, really good film.
TM: Well, but your film cost a couple of thousand, right? Ours cost about 85 bucks! to..
AG: No, ours cost 2500 to…3000!
TM: Oh really? Ours caused maybe… well, Ron forged cheques on his girlfriend’s.. and I had..
AG: So what happened to the later footage he did?
TM: Well the best.. My favorite film is the Queen of Sheba Meets The Atom Man with that great black woman..
TM: Wini [Winifred] Bryan, yes.
AG: I used to know her years back before that, even, in the ‘40’s..
TM: She died about ten years ago.
AG: But Wini was quite intelligent, but he.. she had a wig.
TM: Very bright, yes. Ron caught her once without her wig (we didn’t see her for weeks after!)
AG: (I was) in this apartment many times for parties. Years ago, it was Karel Appel's, the painter..
TM: Oh yes, well I was here when it was a total wreck.
TM: ...let his girlfriends...
AG: No, no, he had a.. he stacked his paintings, millions of paintings.
TM: Yeah, yeah, I was just so shocked. It was like a warehouse.
AG: And then I had.. bought it a year-and-a-half ago, and been working on it ever since.
AG: All the light is great!
TM: Yeah, I remember it as very dark and dingy.
AG: No, it’s heaven! You wake up in the morning and it’s so different from where I rent(ed) for 20 years – and I have (a) cardiac problem..
TM: Oh my god!
AG: ...so I can’t climb the steps anymore. (But) This is a great elevator [points to the elevator]. So, I’m fixed up.
TM: I’m up a 5-flight walk-up on Ludlow Street.
AG: Oh god!
TM: It’s become a great block, very interesting.
AG: Yeah. So it’s just a walk up..
TM: Well, I keep telling myself it’s good for my heart, it’s good for.. because I got so..
AG: Well, maybe. My heart problem comes from an overdose of an anti-biotic in the hospital – medical nemesis.
[discussion moves on, to old age and sex]
AG: It’s just that's a shot in the dark, so – who wants to? If you’ve got somebody you’ve got a heartache for..
TM: If it’s really great, then I don’t think about that, but otherwise, even if it’s good, I get this terrible conscience thing, that lasts for about a week
AG: Well, I get into these heart-throb situations. ..They seem to last for years...as friends.. so, but I can’t cum, by myself, so what I need is somebody to tickle my bottom or put his head on my chest..Somebody…
TM: Well, I never.. I try not to cum. I still have the same number of wet dreams that I had fifty years ago.
TM: But I’ve always had a terrible conscience thing, after I cum.
AG: Are you Catholic or something?
TM: No, Presbyterian.
AG: So what’s..
TM: Very severe Wasp [White Anglo-Saxon Protestant] family background.
AG: So what’s the problem?
TM: I’m a Super-Wasp - Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Lutheran. It’s something in my conscience.. I can’t...
AG: Well, what does your conscience say?
TM: It’s “la petite mort”, it’s “grande mort”!
AG: [reaches over and kisses him] My dear!
TM: Only one year older.
AG: I thought you were somewhere in your 50’s, or something.
TM: I tell people I’m 27 or vice-versa!
AG: I thought you were in your 50’s!, so you’re older than me!
AG: Oh daddy-o!
[AG then goes to light incense on his home altar and potter around the apartment]
TM: You know, under the Islamic people that.. (they used to live next door, I think)...
AG: No, but I know, there’s a poet-friend who’s Sufi - Daniel Moore from San Francisco, you remember him? ..And then he went on a Hajj.. and he studied with teachers in Africa, and in Morocco, and is very learned, and is a good poet. City Lights put out some early books (of his) [Dawn Visions (1964) and Burnt Heart (1971)]
TM: Well, the Islamic people scare me. Anti-homosexual.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
GC: What do you people know zodiacally? Just the bullshit you got in the last 15 years, right? You're all young people, and you're brought up that the zodiac was always so - it wasn't. In the '50's and the '40's, you didn't hear of the zodiac. No way. It was all covered down. Right? So I think this is my last lesson I'll give you all. Why did they call it "the Aquarian Age"?