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Bird Lives Forever - Modern Graffiti Makes Its Debut in New York

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, August 24, 2016 Modern graffiti was born when bebop king Charlie Parker tragically died at the age of 34 on ...

New Old Allen Ginsberg

Jonah Raskin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg gave birth to Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan helped to turn Allen Ginsberg into a lively performance artist who recorded nearly all his words and all his music. His tape recorder was always on.

Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull Take in "The Beat Generation" at Centre Pompidou: Hipsters on the Continent

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.03.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

What is beat? From down and out through saintly beatitudes, beat is an attitude. As a literary movement, the Beat Generation is an American phenomenon...

What Price Kerouac? "The Joan Anderson Letter" Auctioned at Christie's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2016 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Two Joans were on display at Christie's on June 16, one was the much-missed Joan Rivers with a sampling of her sequined gowns adorning mannequins in t...

Interview with Jennifer Pozner: Media Critic, Author, Anti-Racist Feminist

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Pozner has been on the frontlines of media activism and analysis for over two decades. She has appeared on television to discuss media equity, penned op-eds and articles, and is the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV.

Joanne Kyger: The Poet-Buddhist-Ecologist Combo You Should Know

Dawn-Michelle Baude | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Dawn-Michelle Baude

Her poetry is deceptively simple: lines might seem, at first, tossed-off when in fact they're precisely chiseled. All too often, taste-makers focus on obvious disruptors without acknowledging quiet revolutions taking place.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- American Poet Unfurled

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Robert J. Feldman

Almost everyone who reads this book will find a poem, a passage or a drawing that will stay engraved on her life forever. Just as the work of Lawrence Ferlinghetti will no doubt remain the voice of a great American bard long into the future.

Robert Frank Attends the Premiere of Don't Blink - Robert Frank

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The famously reclusive and curmudgeonly photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank smiles throughout the documentary Don't Blink - Robert Frank, as if he's h...

Amy Newman's 'Howl': An Homage to the Genius of Allen Ginsberg

Jonah Raskin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

Genius breeds copycats, along with armies of critics armed to the teeth with words intended to slay literary reputations. Professor Amy Newman has ventured into enemy territory, slain the giant, and at the same time paid tribute to his greatness.

Married Once (or Twice) And For All

Lesléa Newman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Lesléa Newman

Our ceremony looked like a wedding. It sounded like a wedding. It felt like a wedding. And it was... and wasn't. Despite having to check "single" on our tax returns and lie when one of us was in the hospital ("she's my sister"), we knew who we were: a married couple deserving legal rights.

Why Allen Ginsberg Matters: The Essential Ginsberg

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In 1997, the last year of his life, poet Allen Ginsberg fretted that the first amendment battles won over his iconic epic Howl, would now face a reversal. Howl had been read on Pacifica radio, and censors now wanted to confine those readings till late night, lest innocent ears be compromised.

Daily Meditation: Sunflower Sutra

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

"All My Poems Are Social Crucifixions": A Conversation About Robert Creeley's Letters

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.24.2015 | Books
Travis Nichols

It is impossible to conceive of post-modern poetry without Robert Creeley. And poetry -- in whatever iteration it is in right now -- has not been the same since Creeley died in 2005.

Rome Journal: Ruins

Francis Levy | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

Tintern Abbey is a famous ruin. Wordsworth's poem, "Tintern Abbey"(1798) reflects the once grand structure's sublimity.

Garrett Hedlund in Unbroken: Neal Cassady's Letter to Jack Kerouac

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

You may remember Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles' On the Road. The Minnesota-born actor played the character inspired by the famed f...

An Enigma Wrapped in Inhumanity: The Imitation Games' Algebra of Need

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The story of a brilliant man, Alan Turing, brought to suicide after being disgraced for being gay, the movie The Imitation Game reflects the sexual po...

Uttering the Holy: On Poetry and Politics

Dean Rader | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Dean Rader

To be sure, we are at a crossroads. Poets and audiences need each other. As a member of both groups, I am ready to rise to the occasion.

I Re-Wrote Ginsberg's 'Howl' for This Generation

Katie Felber | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Katie Felber

#HOWL I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Facebook and its new messenger app, starving hysterical naked, dumping buckets of ice water ...

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

Let's Ban Food and Beverage Ads! We Can Eat When We Are Hungry and Drink When We Are Thirsty Like Nature Intended

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Hunger is nature's way of telling us that we are energy deficient and should eat. The "genius" of advertising is that we eat even when we are not hungry and we do so without even being consciously aware of our eating behavior.

Gerald Nicosia's 'Night Train to Shanghai'

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.

LeRoi Jones' Dutchman at The Classical Theater of Harlem

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

As mounted by the consistently wonderful Classical Theater of Harlem in tandem with National Black Theater, this 50th anniversary production of Dutchman is the most gripping 45 minutes in town.

Rembrandt is in. Putin is out.

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The photograph on the front page of today's New York Times took me by surprise and, to be honest, threw me for a loop. Here is President Barack Obama,...

American Bards & The London Reviewer: A Satire

Pietros Maneos | Posted 05.09.2014 | Books
Pietros Maneos

After twelve years of composition American Bards & The London Reviewer: A Satire has been published. The 'poem' was born on the Amalfi Coast of Italy,...

Alan Watts: Reborn in Her

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

He'd no doubt find Samantha's remark that not having a body has distinct advantages a hoot.