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Allen Ginsberg

Hagiography -- Writing the Lives of the Saints

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Writing biography is a scandalous enterprise; its penciled craftsman is perennially suspect for being neither art-maker, nor historian, nor critic -- but some simple version of all three.

15 Minutes and Counting - Warhol's Stars Shine On at the Museum of Modern Art

Mark Wiener and Linda DiGusta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mark Wiener and Linda DiGusta

In his opening remarks to "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures," MoMA's Chief Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach told us to think of Warhol's screen tests -- 12 of which are presented in large-scale on the wall of one gallery -- as portraits.

Poetry And Politics: What Role Should Poetry Play? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week's images of mounted policemen charging the protesters around Parliament Square evoked multiple memories: the poll tax riots in John Major's ...

Chatting and Chuckling With Wavy Gravy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Wavy Gravy, bowed but unbroken, walks into a deli-café in New York's SoHo, holding a fish on a leash. He's making the rounds in Manhattan, doing interviews to publicize a documentary -- about his life.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Poet Allen Ginsberg's Photos At National Gallery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- The poet Allen Ginsberg, who died in 1997, adored life, feared death and craved fame. These obsessions seemed to have kept him, despite ...

WATCH: FILM: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl Starring James Franco

Constantin Bjerke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Constantin Bjerke

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the co-directors and co-writers of Howl - a film based on the poem of the same title by Allen Ginsberg - tackle that...

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.

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...

Celebrate American Literature on the 1st Annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day

Farryn Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Farryn Weiner

Poetry is a thing of the past, unless you include rap as poetic play-on-prose. But there's one man out there keeping the literature alive. Walter Skol...

Flannery O'Connor for Congress

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

When you find yourself agreeing with one of those Sunday morning talking heads, remember, it's like carnival food -- it tastes good, but it isn't good for you.

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 | Books
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.

Allen Ginsberg: Buddhist Rabbi, Mystic Poet

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Years later I would begin to meditate in the contemplative Roman Catholic tradition favored by the Benedictine monks, and delight in the irony of having learned "to sit" from the Jewish Buddhist poetry teacher Allen Ginsberg.

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.

WATCH: James Franco Is Allen Ginsberg

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

James Franco, author and occasional movie star, plays legendary beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the new film, Howl. Shot in stark black-and-white, the fi...

Prop 8 Overturned: 20 Classic Works Of Gay Literature

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

On a day that will find many gay rights activists celebrating, we look to the books that have provided a richer understanding of the joys and challeng...

The Beats Left Nelson Algren Cold, Jack Kerouac Especially

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

I once asked Nelson Algren what he thought of Naked Lunch. I knew he had no love for any of the Beats. So his answer surprised me, because he meant it as praise.

James Franco is Allen Ginsberg in New Movie "Howl": Watch the New Trailer

The Daily Truffle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Daily Truffle

Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, Howl is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial.

Writer Wednesday: The Best Writing Tips Ever, From Allen Ginsberg

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's #WriterWednesday and to honor that, we're bringing you Allen Ginsberg's writing slogans. They are some of the best tips we've ever seen. We'd lov...

Poetry: Can You Write A Poem In Sapphic Form?

The Guardian | Billy Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There aren't many verse forms that are named after their originators; poetry doesn't seem to work much like biology in that respect. There's the Cleri...

For The Benefit Of Tuli Kupferberg

Michael Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

For those who trot out the tired cliché of hippies morphing into stockbrokers, check out the Fugs. No sell-out here.