[sixties-l] Featured Author: Allen Ginsberg

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Date: Sat Apr 14 2001 - 17:03:20 EDT

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    Books Update from NYTimes.com
    Friday, April 6, 2001

    Featured Author: Allen Ginsberg

    "Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958-1996," by Allen
    Ginsberg. Edited by David Carter.

    Allen Ginsberg died in 1997, but his "uniquely frank and
    vivid voice seems to sound again in its deftly edited pages"
    of interviews conducted over 40 years, writes
    William Deresiewicz, who teaches English at Yale University.
    "Yet if anyone knew the difference between printed text and
    living speech, it was the poet who made immediacy the
    foundation of his art. Ginsberg talking is like Charlie
    Parker taking his saxophone out for a spin at the far
    reaches of harmony and rhythm; reading him is the mental
    equivalent of being driven at top speed down a winding
    mountain road."

    Deresiewicz concludes that "the stereotype of Ginsberg as a
    semiliterate primitive leaves one unprepared for his
    erudition and intellectual brilliance."

    Featured Author: Allen Ginsberg
    This retrospective includes reviews of Ginsberg's books of
    poetry, journals and essays, articles about Ginsberg, a
    slide show and a tape of a live reading by Ginsberg from

    Audio: Allen Ginsberg at the 92nd Street Y (Feb. 28, 1977)

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