Monday, June 3, 2019
Happy Birthday to Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg would have been 93 years old today, June 3, having been born on this date in 1926. As a core member of the Beat Generation writers, Ginsberg needs no introduction to understand the Kerouac connection. He appeared in too many Kerouac works, under aliases of course, to mention here, but you can determine what those were by visiting the Character Key to Jack Kerouac's Duluoz Legend. I will point out that in the two Kerouac novels -- On The Road and The Dharma Bums -- that inspired my book, The Beat Handbook: 100 Days of Kerouactions, Ginsberg appeared as Carlo Marx and Alvah Goldbrook respectively.
Allen would be honored if you read -- or listen to him read -- some of his poetry today. You can find it in several places on-line. Here are a couple of links to get you started:
Ginsberg reading "Howl"
Happy Birthday, Allen.