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The Beat Goes On

  • Beat poet Allen Ginsberg will be the focus of two events on Nov. 21-22.
    Beat poet Allen Ginsberg will be the focus of two events on Nov. 21-22.
November 10, 2016
The Starr Center and Lit House celebrate Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg at two events Nov. 21-22. 

The Rose O’Neill Literary House and C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience are proud to sponsor two events on Nov. 21-22 focusing on acclaimed poet Allen Ginsberg. Both are free and open to the public.

The first event is a showing of the short film “Pull My Daisy,” on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Norman James Theatre, located in William Smith Hall. Starring poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Gregory Corso, this film was adapted from Jack Kerouac’s play, Beat Generation. The film is directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, with improvised narration provided by Kerouac, resulting in a movie that defines the Beat Generation.

The second event, “Being Allen Ginsberg—A Talk with David Carter & Bob Rosenthal,” will be held on Tuesday, November 22, at 4:30 p.m., in the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and will bring together the poetry and the life of one of America’s most distinctive voices.

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 Ginsberg’s secretary for 20 years until Ginsberg’s death, and currently is a chief advisor to his 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.

For more information on these events or the Literary House, visit the website at http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/, or view the annual Literary Events Calendar brochure here: www.washcoll.edu/live/files/6323-literary-events-calendar-2016-2017-brochure. To find out more about the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, visit the website at www.washcoll.edu/centers/starr/.


Last modified on Nov. 10th, 2016 at 9:38am by Wendy Clarke.