Pull My Daisy
Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie - 1959. Written and narrated by Jack Kerouac. Featuring Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Larry Rivers. An account of the making of: The Making (and Unmaking) of Pull My Daisy
by Blaine Allan.
, Simon Vinkenoog
[Dutch blog w/English option], poet
, friend of artists like Karel Appel
of Beat Generation figures like Allen Ginsberg
and Jack Kerouac
, psychedelic enthusiast and "weed ambassador" of Amsterdam, and author of such guides to hip living as How to Enjoy Reality
. One of the European jazz-loving proto-hippies
who made the '60s swing and mentored several generations of culture hackers, though he was never widely known in the US.
poet of ecological awareness
[YouTube link], Zen appreciation
of "ordinary mind" and American speech, shamanistic intimacy
with the natural world, and surviving member of the Beat Generation (West Coast posse)
at age 78, has won
the $100,000 Ruth Lilly poetry prize. "Gary Snyder
is in essence a contemporary devotional poet, though he is not devoted to any one god or way of being so much as to Being itself," said Poetry
magazine editor Christian Wiman. "His poetry is a testament to the sacredness of the natural world and our relation to it, and a prophecy of what we stand to lose if we forget that relation.” Previous recipients of the Lilly prize include Adrienne Rich
, John Ashbery
, and W.S. Merwin
. [Previously mentioned here
Not exactly breaking news, but still: The Late Allen Ginsberg and Beck in Conversation
Related YouTuber: Beck on the late Allen Ginsberg
To complete the circle: Jackass
by the South Austin Jug Band.
Do you consider yourself a latter-day "beatnik"? Even young fans
of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg proudly christen themselves
with the tag beatnik
these days, apparently unaware that word was originally coined as a term of ridicule
by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen. "Beat" was indeed used by Kerouac to denote both "beaten down" and "beatitude"
-- a state of revelation. He first heard the word spoken
by a Times Square hustler and writer named Herbert Huncke; then another writer, John Clellon Holmes, popularized the term "Beat" in a New York Times article
headlined "This is the Beat Generation." But the original Beats did not approve of the term "beatnik" -- combining "beat" with the Russian "Sputnik,"
as if to suggest that the Beat writers were both "out there" and vaguely Communist -- as this hilarious dialogue
[note: MP3 link] between a very young Ginsberg, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and an excruciatingly square talk-radio host makes plain.
The Internet Archive just got beat.
William Burroughs on wishing. Mystical audio
by Harry Smith. Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones)
on "jism and jazz". Ginsberg reads
"Howl." The most historically significant archive of Beat and post-Beat recordings is now free for the downloading. Lossless or lo-fi, saved or streamed -- the tape vault of Naropa Institute
is unlocked on archive.org as the Creative Commons grows.