Recommended Reading: Tyler Stoddard Smith’s essay on when Allen Ginsberg stayed with his family. “The following night, after Ginsberg’s poetry reading (why would I want to go to that?) a group of students eager for him to impart morsels of omniscience were forced to wait outside my room while we played video games on my Atari 2600—I destroyed Ginsberg at Frogger, but he eviscerated me on Combat.”
Hollywood is romanticizing the Beat Generation in its recent adaptations of On the Road (trailer here), Big Sur (trailer here), and Kill Your Darlings, and you can blame Millennials. “In casting the authors as eternally and fundamentally adolescent, the recent revival tones down their behavior—both revolutionary and repulsive—as a sort of passing teenage phase,” Jordan Larson argues for The Atlantic.
William Carlos Williams reads his poem, “This is Just to Say.” Check out Allen Ginsberg’s take on those infamous plums over here.
"Life is a cutup. And to pretend that you write or paint in a timeless vacuum is just simply … not … true, not in accord with the facts of human perception."
-William S. Burroughs in a 1992 never before published interview with Allen Ginsberg in the latest issue of Sensitive Skin Magazine. (Worth reading just for the pictures of Burroughs looking all stoney-faced and posing while posing various firearms.)
[Image source Sensitive Skin]