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December 15, 2011 |
George Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday. He was 98. The Left Bank bookshop was closed Wednesday, and a note on the door said Whitman had suffered a stroke a few months earlier. He "died peacefully at home in the apartment above his bookshop," the letter said. On Wednesday night, people stopped to leave notes, flowers and candles along the ground and covering the window of the shop, now run by his daughter, Sylvia.
November 6, 2011 |
Madonna may be the most famous name associated with "W.E.," the romantic drama she directed that premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late summer. But the woman everyone could be talking about after the film comes out on Dec. 9 is someone rather different: Andrea Riseborough, a 30-year-old British actress who steals the show. Riseborough plays Wallis Simpson, the Baltimore socialite who in the 1930s shocked the world when she began dating Edward, Prince of Wales; he eventually became king but abdicated the throne to marry her. (Filmgoers may recognize the story, which launched the action in last year's "The King's Speech.
October 14, 2010
BOOKS In a homage to the 1955 Six Gallery reading that put the San Francisco Renaissance on the map, Los Angeles-area poets will read their favorite poems at a one-night celebration of the Beat legacy, "Waiting for Jack. " Produced by Eve Brandstein, Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and John Densmore the readers will include John Harris, Bill Duke, Pegarty Long, Herbert T. Schmidt Jr., Doug Knott, Jerry Garcia, Sarah Maclay, Gail Wronsky, L.K. Thayer, Stephen J. Kalinich and S.A. Griffin, with works by Diane DiPrima, Gary Snyder, LeRoi Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski and others.
October 1, 2010 |
The film sprouting from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" could have been a documentary compiled from interviews, casting smoky light on the late poet's inspirations. It could have been a courtroom drama re-creating the McCarthy-era obscenity trial that followed the landmark poem's publication. Or it could have been some far-flung animated representation of Ginsberg's long-breathed, flowing, sometimes brutal images of "the best minds of [his] generation destroyed by madness. " So which approach would much-honored documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman choose?
July 18, 2010 |
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford Viking: 528 pp., $35 "Howl" (1956) and "On the Road" (1957), two works that helped define a time, sprang from two wildly fired, independent imaginations. Few would have put Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac together when they met at Columbia University in 1944. But they became profound friends, inspired in part by the muse of the elusive, multi-vocal Neal Cassady and joined by the brilliantly perverse, professorial elder William Burroughs.
July 8, 2010
The 28th annual gay and lesbian film festival Outfest kicks off with a screening of "Howl," the hypnotic new biopic about Allen Ginsberg and his most famous poem, starring "Spider-Man's" James Franco. The screening is followed by an opening-night gala after party, open to all ticket holders. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Downtown. Opening-night gala 8 p.m. Fri. $50-$150. General screenings $13-$18. Through July 18 at various venues. See http://www.outfest.org for complete schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2009 |
Harold Norse, a San Francisco poet often associated with the Beats, who was mentor or peer to many of the greatest talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, has died. He was 92. Norse died of natural causes Monday at an assisted-living facility in San Francisco, according to his conservator, attorney Mark Vermeulen.
January 7, 2007 |
TO William Burroughs, it was "insufferable" -- a sign that The Man was reaching his tendrils deep into a poet's psyche. To some Beats and fellow travelers, Allen Ginsberg's time in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he was sent by a judge as a very young man, seemed like a scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest": establishment America grinding down a free spirit.
October 29, 2006 |
----- Collected Poems 1947-1997 Allen Ginsberg HarperCollins: 1,190 pp., $39.95 ----- I Celebrate Myself The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg Bill Morgan Viking: 702 pp., $29.95 ----- The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952 Allen Ginsberg Edited by Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton and Bill Morgan Da Capo Press: 524 pp., $27.50 ----- Howl on Trial The Battle for Free Expression Edited by Bill Morgan and Nancy J. Peters City Lights: 224 pp., $14.