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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.

Dog Is Terrible At Howling And It's Hilarious

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.23.2015 | Good News

"He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out." We're pretty sure Eminem wasn't thinking about puppies when he wrote "Lose Yourself," yet that ...

Why Allen Ginsberg Matters: The Essential Ginsberg

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
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.

WATCH: Puppy's Unsuccessful Attempt To Howl Is 6 Seconds Of Pure Delight

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News

This is one of the rare times in which failure is completely adorable and totally welcome. In this Vine, a husky puppy tries its darndest to howl....

William S. Burroughs at 100: Exploding Five Major Myths

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Home
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.

'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.

Dog's Slow Motion Howl Is Like, Really Dramatic

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy

Did this dog just see that part in The Lion King when Mufasa fell off the cliff? Via Jonathan Nemargut...

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Home
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.

City Lights Books At 60: An International Treasure

Steve Heilig | Posted 09.23.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Started as a paperback bookshop by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and partners, it expanded to sell all manner of reading material and became a locus of the fledgling Beat literary movement and much more.

Ken Kesey Rides Again In Magic Trip

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.06.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Directors Alex Gibney and Allison Ellwood have resurrected, cinematically, the pivotal moment when our country went from Mad Men to HAIR.

James Franco Brings Another Poet to the Big Screen

John Lundberg | Posted 08.19.2011 | Home
John Lundberg

If you're familiar with Hart Crane's work, he might strike you as an odd choice for a biopic, as he's a notoriously difficult poet. And Franco is well aware of this.

GLAAD Needs To Rethink Awards, Or Its Mission

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Adrian Margaret Brune

GLAAD and its media awards used to celebrate the "unsung heroes" -- the regular people writing about LGBT issues and putting their lives on the line to stand up to the mainstream.

DVDs: Downton Abbey Frothy Fun

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The plot twists are just that -- twists meant to keep us watching -- rather than the dramatic developments of a genuinely great show. But it is definitely great fun and the cast is jaw-droppingly good.

When Cutting Off Your Arm Is the Solution

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Vanity Fair recently hosted an event to celebrate the film 127 Hours, starring James Franco. Though I'd failed to get the one-on-one, I was determined to snag some face time with Franco.


Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Vanity Fair sure knows how to mark an occasion. The magazine recently hosted an event at New York's Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the film "127 H...

Beat Writers Celebrated at London Film Festival with Mixed Results

Charles Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

If you're not already a Burroughs aficionado, this documentary will teach you little about his work and probably not inspire you to seek it out, either. If you are already a Burroughs fan, chances are that you'll have heard it all before.

ReThink Interview: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Co-Directors of Howl

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are well known for their documentaries addressing LGBT issues, like their Emmy-winning 1995 doc about po...

'Harry Potter,' 'The Giver,' 'Lolita,' 'Howl'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Wilbur

"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.

Film & Literature: HOWL

Kristin McCracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

We sat down with filmmakers Epstein and Friedman at a recent roundtable, where they shared their impressions of Ginsberg, Franco, and what makes HOWL still relevant 55 years after its publication.

ReThink Review: Howl -- Celebrating Banned Books Week

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim


Howl for Peter Orlovsky: A Clash of Aesthetics

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

A scheduling glitch created the following conundrum: Best Generation poet and Allen Ginsberg's longtime mate, Peter Orlovsky, who died in June, was re...

Howl on the Red Carpet

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Travis Nichols

Franco captures Ginsberg's humor and kindness and generosity, mostly in the scenes where he's being interviewed. He's not some firebrand Def Poetry Jam prototype. He's nervous and empathetic and real.

HuffPost Review: Howl

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Howl is a gutsy, inventive film about an important moment. It's not for everyone but should please those who are open to the chances it takes.

Howl Is James Franco's Girlfriend

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Travis Nichols

Let's face it, poetry is scary and Hollywood is, well, not brave. But somehow, Howl is not another predictable biopic. It isn't about the life and times of the poet. It's about the poem.