Being Allen Ginsberg—A Talk with David Carter & Bob Rosenthal
This event was one of two focusing on Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation. The talk happened on Tuesday, November 22, at the Rose O’Neill Literary House.
David Carter recalls that the first positive statement he encountered about being gay was in an article he read as a teenager that stated that Allen Ginsberg was homosexual and an American treasure. Carter later attended Ginsberg’s readings whenever he could and interviewed the poet for a 1982 gay cable television program. Carter is the editor of Spontaneous Mind (HarperCollins, 2001), Ginsberg’s selected interviews, and the author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2004). He is also the author of two young adult biographies published by Chelsea House, George Santayana (1992) and Salvador Dalí (1995). For the fall semester, he is in residence at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience as the Patrick Henry Fellow.
Bob Rosenthal worked as Allen Ginsberg’s secretary for 20 years until Allen’s death, and currently is a chief advisor to Ginsberg’s estate. A poet and writer, his current project is an experimental chronicle of the business of Allen Ginsberg. Rosenthal’s cult classic, Cleaning Up New York, has just been republished from the Little Book Room Press, and he is newly retired as a teacher of English Language and Literature at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School.