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Give Yourself Permission to be Creative

At TED2020, Ethan Hawke gave a remote talk about the benefits of being creative. As someone who often struggles to find meaning in whatever it is I do here, this bit was especially good to hear: Do you think human creativity matters? Well, hmm. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about poetry. Right? They have a life to live, and they’re not really that concerned with Allen Ginsberg’s poems or anybody’s poems, until their father dies, they go to a funeral, you lose a child, someb...
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Ethan Hawke Explains How to Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

The most creative people, you’ll notice, throw themselves into what they do with absurd, even reckless abandon. They commit, no matter their doubts about their talents, education, finances, etc. They have to. They are generally fighting not only their own misgivings, but also those of friends, family, critics, financiers, and landlords. Artists who work to realize their own vision, rather than someone else’s, face a witheringly high probability of failure, or the kind of success that com...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Poetry, America, Creativity, Ethan Hawke, David Lynch, Ginsberg, Hawke, Buckley, William F Buckley, Josh Jones, Krishna, Allen Ginsberg

The Howling at 40: a horror movie that gave us something to chew on

Joe Dante’s sly and smart breakout, about a reporter uncovering a colony of werewolves, was a fun ride that had space for satire“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked …”So begins Allen Ginsberg’s radical poem Howl, which upon close study has absolutely nothing to do with werewolves. And yet it appears on a reporter’s desk in Joe Dante’s horror classic The Howling, one among many blink-or-you’ll-miss it visual jokes that Dante tucks into the movie, ...
Tags: Film, Culture, Dante, Wolf, Horror Films, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Dante

All Praise Lou Ottens: The Inventor of the Cassette Tape Dies at Age 94

The cassette tape is so ubiquitous, so much a part of my life since I can even remember music as a thing, that it was a shock to find out that the man who invented it, Lou Ottens, passed away at the age of 94. Of course, somebody did have to invent the cassette tape, but in all these years I never thought to look the person up. Such an invention first makes you think of the world before it: records (dearly beloved, still around), and reel-to-reel tape (not so dearly beloved). The former ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, History, Philips, Keith Richards, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Mills, Ottens, Hasselt Belgium, Andy Warhol Marcel Duchamp, Lou Ottens

Willfully and lewdly printing indecent writings.

 Screen grab: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Poetry, Pornography, Free Speech, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Beatniks, Ann Althouse

RIP Radical Poet and Revolutionary Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti proclaimed on the wall of his City Lights bookstore, a San Francisco fixture since the poet, activist, and publisher founded the landmark with Peter D. Martin in 1953. Ferlinghetti, who died on Monday at age 101, was himself a fixture, a venerated steward of the counterculture. (See him read “Last Prayer,” above, in a clip from The Last Waltz). On his 100th birthday–on which the city instituted an annual “Lawrence Ferlinghetti D...
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Backbone Of San Francisco’s Literary Scene, Dead At 101

A poet in his own right as well as proprietor of the bookstore and publishing house City Lights, Ferlinghetti became famous in 1957 when he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of obscenity charges after publishing Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Ultimately, he became “a fixture at the center of the whirling counterculture, … the bearded guru of San Francisco’s art scene, as closely identified with the city as summer fog and the Golden Gate.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, 02.23.21

Lawrence Ferlinghetti obituary

Poet whose outlook spanned anarchism, ecology and small business, as founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San FranciscoLawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, artist, activist and founder of San Francisco’s famous City Lights Bookstore, who has died aged 101 of interstitial lung disease, was the least “beat” of the Beat Generation. In addition to a political commitment that blended anarchism and ecology – he loathed the motor car, calling it “the infernal combustion engine” – he had an instinctive busin...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Poetry, San Francisco, US news, Booksellers, Jack Kerouac, Peter Martin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, City Lights Bookstore, San FranciscoLawrence Ferlinghetti, Homer Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights bookshop, dies aged 101

Poet and countercultural pioneer put on trial for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl went on to become a beloved icon of San Francisco
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Book Review: Timeless Luminosity by Robert Aho (2020)

"Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out..." (Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1971: 89) *** I must disclose that Robert Aho is my relative. But don't expect that I will fill this review with fawning acclamation and adulation for my beloved older cousin. On the contrary, my evaluation will be harsh and critical (because that's what cousin...
Tags: Book Review, Cnn, Anthropology, Las Vegas, Bob, Haruki Murakami, Nde, Hunter, Buddhist, Duluth, Allen Ginsberg, Murakami, Balinese, Thompson Fear, Robert Aho, Stephen Lansing

New on Blu-ray: ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’, ‘Southland Tales’, ‘Fatman’, ‘Prince of Darkness’

The time has come again for me to bring you the good word about the latest Blu-ray releases. As usual, I’m focused on physical media here – but you can always choose to check things out digitally and pretend you’re Johnny Mnemonic. Whatever floats your boat! This week’s Blu-ray round-up includes the pseudo-documentary Rolling Thunder Revue, the cult classic Southland Tales, Mel Gibson as Santa Claus in Fatman, and a new 4K release of John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness.  Rolling Thunder ...
Tags: Movies, Dwayne Johnson, US, Earth, Features, Netflix, Bob Dylan, Roger Ebert, Walton Goggins, Bill Murray, Santa Claus, Scorsese, Santa, Mel Gibson, Cannes film festival, Donald Trump

First recording of Ginsberg's "Howl" to be released in April

The first known recorded reading of Allen Ginsberg's epic 1956 poem, "Howl," will be released this April as Allen Ginsberg at Reed College — The First Recorded Reading of Howl and Other Poems. This first recorded reading took place at Reed College. — Read the rest
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Earliest Recording Of Allen Ginsberg Reading ‘Howl’ To Be Released

“A ‘lost’ recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his then-fresh epic poem ‘Howl’ in 1956 will be released for the first time in April, thanks to a personal connection between Reed College, where the performance was recorded 65 years ago, and the archivally oriented label Omnivore Recordings.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Words, Allen Ginsberg, Reed College, 01.12.21

Lost 1956 Allen Ginsberg ‘Howl’ Recording to Be Released, Thanks to Omnivore/Reed College Connection

A “lost” recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his then-fresh epic poem “Howl” in 1956 will be released for the first time in April, thanks to a personal connection between Reed College, where the performance was recorded 65 years ago, and the archivally oriented label Omnivore Recordings. “Allen Ginsberg at Reed College — The First Recorded […]
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Famed New Orleans Music Producer Mark Bingham Discusses His Songs and Collaborations: A Nakedly Examined Music Conversation (#136) You’re most likely to know Mark’s work from the string introduction to REM’s “Shiny Happy People,” but he’s been a staple of the New Orleans recording scene since he moved there in 1982, producing groups like Flat Duo Jets, Glenn Branca, John Scofield, Marianne Faithful, and the Rebirth Brass Band. He and his studio were also featured on the HBO show Treme. He had a whole lifetime of musical development before then, though, first getting signed...
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The Holy Grail of the Beat Generation

When Neal Cassady died in 1968, Carl Solomon recalled a conversation he had about him with Allen Ginsberg: “He told me about this fabulous hipster he knew. And I, defending something or other in my head, said deprecatingly, ‘Kinetic.’ Meaning that he was a man always in motion, jumping from one exciting thing to another.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Neal Cassady, Ajblogs, Carl Solomon, Allen Ginsberg, 11.24.20

"You are looking for a way out of the decadent aristocratic game, the limbo of Jet Set desperados. I’ll show you the way."

Said Timothy Leary to Joanna Harcourt-Smith, quoted in "Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Lover of Timothy Leary, High Priest of LSD, Dies at 74/Traumatized by her experience with the psychedelic Pied Piper, she spent decades 'composting' her thoughts about him and learning to start her life over again." She was 26 and he was 52 and a fugitive from justice when their lives intersected. She was with him when he was recaptured. “Neither the counterculture nor the prosecutors and prison system knew what to...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Law, Showtime, Errol Flynn, Santa Fe, Costco, Caribbean, James, Southern California, Tim, Errol Morris, Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Michael Horowitz

‘Homeland Elegies’ offers brutal, often funny look at being Muslim in post 9/11 America

By Ann Levin An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half-century since it welcomed his parents’ generation of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan. It’s a work of autofiction narrated by a man named Ayad Akhtar who is best known, like the real Akhtar, for writing a hit Broadway play in which the lead character, a Pakistani American lawyer, expresses some sympathy for the te...
Tags: Books, California, David Letterman, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Pakistan, Broadway, Wisconsin, Muslim, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ayad Akhtar

A Great Big Cloud of Smoke

If anyone from federal law enforcement is reading this, it's purely a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual musical theatre artists, stoned or not, is purely coincidental. Now that I got that out of the way. If you're my Facebook friend, or if you've known me for longer than ten minutes, you know I smoke pot. And I'm very vocal about it. In a weird way, stoners are kind of like gay people thirty years ago (and in some cases, still today) -- in both cases, it's relatively easy to "...
Tags: Facebook, Musicals, Marijuana, John Lennon, Superman, Theatre, Paul Simon, America, Cannabis, Artists, Paul Mccartney, Pot, Theater, George W Bush, Yoda, Johnny

The 15 most influential universities in the world

Columbia University was among the most influential colleges on the list. The start of the school year means that for many high school juniors, and some seniors, it's time to decide which colleges to apply to.  Academics and data scientists at school ranking website identified the most influential colleges and universities using a proprietary algorithm that looks at each institution's alumni and professors. Cornell University, Stanford University, and Harvard Univers...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Microsoft, Wikipedia, US, Trends, Harvard University, New Jersey, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Alan Turing, Angelina Jolie, Charles Darwin, Warren Buffett

8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into psychedelics companies right now. With loosening restrictions on clinical research, new therapeutic modalities are being investigated for anxiety, depression, and more. The psychedelic literature is rich with anecdotal accounts and clinical studies. UC Berkeley recently announced the launch of its center for psychedelic research and education, thanks to an anonymous $1.25 million donation. This follows Imperial College London's 2019 founding of ...
Tags: Books, Religion, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Research, Innovation, Silicon Valley, South America, Jesus, Kerouac, UC Berkeley, Imperial College London, Miller, Ayahuasca, Derek, Mdma

Hear Patti Smith’s First Poetry Reading, Accompanied by Her Longtime Guitarist Lenny Kaye (St. Mark’s Church, 1971)

There are so many origin stories of punk that no single history can count as definitive. But there’s also no disputing its roots in the New York poetry scene from which Patti Smith emerged in the 1960s and 70s. She learned from Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso and Sam Shepherd inspired the poetry/rock hybrid that would become the music of Horses. Corso, who called himself a “punk debauche” in his 1960 poem “1959,” lived up to the label. He would heckle poets...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Poetry, Patti Smith, Smith, St Marks, Facebook Twitter, Bertolt Brecht, McLeod, Rimbaud, Josh Jones, Jim Morrison, William S Burroughs

50 years after the Beatles broke up, these Fab Four books have new stories to tell

In the first half of this year, only two bands sold at least one million album units: the Korean boy band BTS and a British foursome that has had three top ten albums, including a Billboard No. 1, in the last three years … even though they broke up 50 years ago. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles. They remain the one band with endless staying power and an audience insatiable for more, more, more. This year marks a half-century since the band parted ways – yet paperback writers continue cr...
Tags: Apple, Books, Music, London, Sweden, John Lennon, George Harrison, America, Sport, Colombia, Yoko Ono, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Paris, Paul Mccartney

The Recipes of Famous Artists: Dinners & Cocktails From Tolstoy, Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, David Lynch & Many More

Celebrities (those who are not professional celebrity chefs, that is) release cookbooks at an alarming rate. Do we imagine most of their recipes were actually curated by the person on the cover? Do we suppose that person has spent the countless hours in the kitchen required to become an authority on what the rest of us should eat? As in all things, it depends. Stanley Tucci seems to have more than proven his mettle, releasing two well-loved cookbooks and earning praise from Mario Batali. But I’...
Tags: Google, Cook, College, India, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis, Salvador Dalí, Montreal, David Lynch, Emily Dickinson, Stanley Tucci, Leonard Cohen

"Hey Siri, play music."

I said into my AirPods. So nonspecific! I was out and about and not in a good position to skip things, but I was also forcing myself to accept whatever it was that I had put into my iPhone music library. I have so many audiobooks, but they're in a different app, so it's only rarely that spoken word comes up when I'm playing the "Music" app randomly. I can tell Siri to skip a track, so it's not as though I'd need to dig the iPhone out of my bag and squint to read it in the sunlight. But I sometim...
Tags: Iphone, Audiobooks, Facebook, Real Estate, Technology, Education, Law, Poetry, Siri, Georgia, Looks, Bob Dylan, Judaism, Broadway, Army, Newark

Documentary Portraits of Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton & Other American Poets (1965)

The annals of American history offer little in the way of documentarian-poets. But luckily for us today — and especially for those of us who enjoy American poetry of the mid-2oth century — one of the country's few such hyphenates lived an uncommonly productive life. Though known primarily as a poet of the San Francisco Renaissance, Richard O. Moore also had a career in independent and public media, beginning in 1949 with the very first broadcast of Berkeley's KPFA. In the early 1950s he ...
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Errol Morris’s Next Documentary Is About Psychedelic Guru Timothy Leary

The next documentary film from Errol Morris is about LSD advocate Timothy Leary and will debut on Showtime later in the year. The film is still untitled but is based on a memoir by Joanna Harcourt-Smith called Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story. A FILM BY ERROL MORRIS (w/t) asks the question why Leary, the High Priest of LSD, became a narc in 1974 and seemingly abandoned the millions he urged to turn on, tune in and drop out. Was his “perfect love” Joanna Harco...
Tags: Showtime, Cia, Jason Kottke, Morris, Errol Morris, Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Bardo, Joanna Harcourt Smith, Harcourt Smith, Errol Morris Joanna Harcourt Smith

Jürgen Ploog, R.I.P.

“Jay,” the name he went by among close friends, was widely regarded as one of Germany’s premiere second-generation Beat writers. But his narrative fiction — like that of William S. Burroughs, a mentor with whom he was associated — was more experimental and closer to Brion Gysin’s or J.G. Ballard’s than to Jack Kerouac’s or Allen Ginsberg’s. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Germany, Jack Kerouac, Jay, Ajblogs, William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, J G Ballard, Jürgen Ploog, 05.21.20

The Shakespeare and Company Project Digitizes the Records of the Famous Bookstore, Showing the Reading Habits of the Lost Generation

Great writers don’t come out of nowhere, even if some of them might end up there. They grow in gardens tended by other writers, readers, editors, and pioneering booksellers like Sylvia Beach, founder and proprietor of Shakespeare and Company. Beach opened the English-language shop in Paris in 1919. Three years later, she published James Joyce’s Ulysses, “a feat that would make her—and her bookshop and lending library—famous,” notes Princeton University’s Shakespeare and Company Project. (Infamo...
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Salesforce chief Marc Benioff gets clear view of pandemic, 'new balance' from guru pal

Be. Nice. To. People Comment "Imagine no possessions," John Lennon sang a few years after meeting a guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles' path to India followed in the footsteps of numerous intellectuals and beatniks, including Herman Hesse and Allen Ginsberg. In the billionaire software elite, the journey is less common, although not unknown.…
Tags: India, John Lennon, Software, Marc Benioff, Allen Ginsberg, Herman Hesse