>Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 5


So last week we alerted you to another interview with Howl animator, Eric Drooker, so this week, here’s another interview with James Franco, Howl’s star (recorded earlier this month at New York’s 92nd Street Y, as part of Reel Pieces, their on-going, long-running, film-talk series). Interviewer here is series-host, and Columbia professor, film historian, Annette Insdorf).

Meanwhile, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, “just down the street”, opening on Sunday, Allen’s screen test” by Andy Warhol is among those being featured in Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures, a show focusing on Warhol’s experimental, black-and-white, non-narrative, “portrait” films. Interesting juxtaposition, come to think of it, Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, two great portrait artists! The show stays up till March.

Word salad! – In keeping with our occasional notice of hommages, parodies and experiments with Howl (indeed with any and all of Allen’s poems), here’s part of an on-going work by San Francisco-based poet, Tom Commita – Howl in Six Voices. Commita explains:

Howl in Six Voices is the sonic rendition of the textual procedure “inflationary erasure”–a fusion of lipogram and erasure.

In this procedure, a found sound file–Allen Ginsberg reading his “Howl for Carl Solomon”–is erased six times, each time including–in their original order–only and all words containing a particular vowel. Accordingly, “HAWL” includes all words containing the vowel [a]. “HEWL” includes all words containing the vowel [e]. “HIWL” includes all words containing the vowel [i]. And so on.

The six erasures together “inflate” Ginsberg’s “Howl” by including more words–words containing two or more vowels–than the original.

You might want to plunge in here (for HIWL) or perhaps here (for the slightly longer (more chaotic?) HOWL.

Speaking of strange transformations of poems, how’s this?, another You Tube find, a curiously inappropriate (or, perhaps, wildly appropriate?) “heavy-metal” version of Father Death Blues!

No more responses to last week’s request for favorite AG recordings?


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