The day after details emerged about Allen Ginsberg’s poem about Bernie Sanders, a new photo and a surprising story are providing some background to the relationship between the two Jewish thought leaders.
In 1986, poet Allen Ginsberg wrote a sonnet about a Vermont town led by a certain Jewish socialist. Allan M. Jalon delves into the history of the poet’s relationship to Bernie Sanders.
Amiri Baraka was one of the most influential American poets of the post-war era, but he also published shockingly anti-Semitic rhetoric. Joshua Furst reexamines his work and his legacy.
Doris Lessing has passed away at the age of 94. Benjamin Ivry traces the significant impact Jewish issues had on the Nobel laureate’s life and work.
In ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe) transforms from awkward, suburban Jewish teen into a history-making Beat poet.
Who knew that Allen Ginsberg would become such a sought-after role? James Franco played him in ‘Howl’ — and now Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is taking a shot.
Poet, publisher and bookstore maven Lawrence Ferlinghetti is, at 94, arguably the most popular living versifier, or at least author of the single most popular book of poetry — the million-selling “A Coney Island of the Mind” (1957). It’s a distinction he carries lightly in Christopher Felver’s new documentary “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder.” The poet is rebelliously cheerful (in historic footage) while Allen Ginsberg is dour, accepting awards with surprise rather than vanity, buoyantly living his rebel life to the end.
Allen Ginsberg was more than just one of the great poets of the beat movement. The chronicler of a generation was quite a photographer as well, as a new exhibit proves.
“Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets & eyes, while I walk on / the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village. / downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I’ve been up all night, talking, / talking, reading the Kaddish aloud..”
Beatnik William Burroughs’s dreams, English art critic John Ruskin’s chess moves, and Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour would seem to have little in common.