Monday, April 17, 2006

What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls?

Uh oh, literary beef!

My friend sent a note about the Howl Counterreading. April 17th is the date Columbia has chosen to celebrate both Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” and the publication of an anthology on the effect of the poem fifty years later. And basically, a group called the Underground Literary Alliance does not like the admission fee ($15), stating that this event caters to the rich elite.

Are you establishment?

Are you underground?

Do you want to know what happened at the first reading of Howl in December 1955, back when San Francisco wasn’t just a rich person liberal haven?

Do you just want to read the poem?

More about Allen Ginsberg?

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