Spontaneous mind : selected interviews, 1958-1996 /

by Ginsberg, Allen; Havel, Václav; Carter, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: xix, 603 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0060192933 :.Title notes: $40.00 5-2001Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen, 1926- -- Interviews | Ginsberg, Allen, 1926- -- Political and social views | Poets, American -- 20th century -- Interviews | Poetry -- Authorship | Beat generation | United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>The interviews collected in Spontaneous Mind, chronologically arranged and in some cases previously unpublished, were conducted throughout Allen Ginsberg's long career. Always a candid and engaging subject, Ginsberg considered the interview an art form, as well as an opportunity to get his message across to many people, which, as a student of Eastern religions, he believed was his spiritual obligation. In these interviews, dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s, Ginsberg speaks frankly about his life, his work, and the events of his time.</p> <p>Ginsberg's progressive and controversial views on politics and censorship dominate his interviews, from his conversation with the conservative William F. Buckley on PBS to his comments in the Dartmouth Review about U.S. policy in Central America to his testimony at the Chicago Seven trial. Ginsberg discusses his literary influences, including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, and William Blake, and offers insights into his own poetry, particularly his innovations in rhythm, meter, and syllable emphasis. A well-known experimenter with drugs, campaigner for their legalization, and believer in their ability to expand consciousness, Ginsberg here describes his LSD trips and his marijuana highs, and explains how they influenced the creation of "Kaddish" and other works. And he talks about his personal life with candor, revealing details of his sexual affairs with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady, and his longtime relationship with Peter Orlovsky.</p> <p>Provocative and illuminating, Spontaneous Mind allows us to hear once again the impassioned voice of one of the most influential literary and cultural figures of our time.</p>

Includes bibliographical references and index.

$40.00 5-2001

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. xi)
  • Editor's Note (p. xix)
  • 1950s Interview
  • Marc D. Schleifer, Village Voice (p. 3)
  • 1960s Interviews
  • Ernie Barry, City Lights Journal (p. 9)
  • Tom Clark, The Paris Review (p. 17)
  • Barry Farrell (p. 54)
  • Bob Elliott, Freelance (p. 67)
  • William F. Buckley, Jr., Firing Line (p. 76)
  • Fernanda Pivano (p. 103)
  • Michael Aldrich, Edward Kissam, and Nancy Blecker, "Improvised Poetics" (p. 124)
  • Paul Carroll, Playboy (p. 159)
  • Bill Prescott, (untitled) (p. 197)
  • Chicago Seven Trial Testimony (p. 200)
  • 1970s Interviews
  • Mary Jane Fortunato, Lucille Medwick, and Susan Rowe, New York Quarterly (p. 245)
  • Alison Colbert, Partisan Review (p. 259)
  • Yves Le Pellec, "The New Consciousness" (p. 273)
  • Allen Young, Gay Sunshine Interview (p. 303)
  • John Durham, "The Death of Ezra Pound" (p. 343)
  • Ekbert Faas, from Towards a New American Poetics (p. 355)
  • Michael Goodwin, Richard Hyatt, and Ed Ward, "Squawks Mid-Afternoon" (p. 363)
  • Peter Barry Chowka, New Age Journal (p. 377)
  • Paul Portuges and Guy Amirthanayagam, "Buddhist Meditation and Poetic Spontaneity" (p. 398)
  • 1980s Interviews
  • Nancy Bunge, from Finding the Words (p. 421)
  • Helen, Flipside Fanzine (p. 433)
  • Michael Schumacher, Oui (p. 434)
  • Steve Foehr (p. 444)
  • Simon Albury (p. 452)
  • John Lofton, Chronicles (p. 469)
  • Josef Jarab (p. 499)
  • 1990s Interviews
  • Thomas Gladysz, Photo Metro (p. 523)
  • Clint Frakes (p. 532)
  • Steve Silberman, www.HotWired.com (p. 546)
  • Afterword (p. 571)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 577)
  • Biographical List (p. 583)
  • Permissions (p. 596)
  • Index (p. 597)

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