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

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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 Obam...

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.

William S. Burroughs' Centennial Year in American Cities, and One Serendipitous Photo at the Morgan Library

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When William S. Burroughs died in August 1997 at age 82, he was the last of the seminal beat writers to go. Jack Kerouac died in 1969, and Allen Ginsb...

Call Me (William) Burroughs: A Conversation with Barry Miles

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

Barry Miles, the biographer of Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and now William S. Burroughs, discusses all in this interview.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

William S. Burroughs at 100: Exploding Five Major Myths

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

This year will give us the Burroughs we envision -- and yet the danger is that the diversity and impact of Burroughs' writing, visual art, audio works, and film experiments will be lost in the endless refraction of the mythologizing mirror.

The Two Americas of Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Suzanne Persard | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Suzanne Persard

In 1950s New York City, while the Beat poets Ginsberg and Kerouac had the luxury of simply being poets, hitching their dreams to stars with the freedom and privilege of living in opposition to bourgeoise America, LeRoi Jones was black in America.

The Beats Go On

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Lew Whittington

Art Pepper's description of his life in jazz and his descent into heroin addiction is mesmerizing in its veracity. These artists and this lost world is examined from many angles in these works give more than a primo peak at the hot birth of the real cool. You dig.

Ken Jordan on Reality Sandwich 2.0 and Conscious Community

Zoe Helene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Image (above): Net of Being, by visionary artist Alex Grey Ken Jordan, the cofounder, publisher and editorial director of Reality Sandwich and ...

Day for Night Series: John Krokidas and Austin Bunn on Kill Your Darlings

Rob Feld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Feld

Bio pics can be a challenge for a filmmaker. The temptation to include too many elements from an extraordinary life is great, and can lead to a dull, episodic overview, rather than a riveting tale that manages to capture the essence of the person or life. There are exceptions, of course.

'Kill Your Darlings': Poetry, Murder and Obsession With Daniel Radcliffe

Matt Budd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Murder, poetry and creativity are the driving forces and themes of the fascinating new film Kill Your Darlings from first time director John Krokidas.

Daniel Radcliffe On His 'Painful' Gay Sex Scene

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Daniel Radcliffe has been one busy man post-"Potter," and his latest venture is one that seems to have gay men everywhere waiting with bated breath (....

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg: Kill Your Darlings Opens the Hamptons International Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

After much buzz on the festival circuit, including Sundance, Venice, Toronto, to name a few, Kill Your Darlings opens the Hamptons International Film ...

Kill Your Darlings

Sheril Antonio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

Director John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is a fascinating coming of age story that makes an unexpected contribution to the evolution of the film noir genre.