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.
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.
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.
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.
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.