Allen Ginsberg

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V.24 No.4 |


The Daily Word in cannabis, sex and Allen Ginsberg on psychedelic drugs

The Daily Word

Scope our Cannabis Issue to spark up knowledge on New Mexico's medical marijuana policy landscape, an unlikely New Mexican MMJ patient and a recreational marijuana vacation in Pagosa Springs.

Our fourth issue of 2015 also proffers:

• The Weekly Alibi pop quiz, Crib Notes

• A review of Michael Mann's high-tech cyber-thriller Blackhat

Show Up! On Beholding and Belonging: Five gigs prove there's no place like home

• An arts feature examining Amazon's battle for publishing dominance, Storytime is Over: How Amazon is out-Goliathing the publishing industry

• A review of Kokoro Japanese Restaurant, Back from the Heart of Japan

• And much, much more! Including micro reviews of new releases by California X, Marilyn Manson and The Decemberists; Odds & Ends; venues that offer drinks while making art in Sip, Paint, Repeat; A Drinkable Feast honoring J.D. Salinger; and so on.

And don't forget to fill out our fast, easy and 100 percent anonymous Third Annual Sex Survey to inform our coverage of Albuquerque's circa 2015 lovescape.

The mutilated corpses of four dogs were discovered at the Conejo Waste Transfer Station. Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer(s).

Will you be at the 15th annual world's largest matanza this weekend?

The president of Yemen and his cabinet have resigned amid chaos.

Does the U.S. military keep body counts?

Read a lost letter about psychedelic drugs from Allen Ginsberg to the readers of the Paris Review.

V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013
Poor Daniel Radcliffe just can’t seem to get out of school.

Film Review

Kill Your Darlings

Proto-Beatnik biopic finds Ginsberg, Kerouac involved in murder most foul

Kill Your Darlings plays out like a coming-of-age tale wrapped in a dark murder mystery. It’s set in 1944 when Allen Ginsberg was a freshman at Columbia University. Along with pals Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, Ginsberg is still a decade or two away from igniting a literary firestorm.
V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
“Kinda wish I had an iPad.”

Film Review


When is a biopic not a biopic?

Actor James Franco had an interesting 2010. To say the least. He played a perverted, pillow-loving version of himself on “30 Rock.” He joined the cast of a soap opera for a while. He stars in this fall’s Oscar-baiting feature 127 Hours—in which he plays the rock climber who amputated his own arm with a pocket knife. Within the last week, Franco was named co-host of next year’s Oscar telecast. And now he pops up in Howl, a multimedia independent biopic about Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.

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V.19 No.13 |

history lesson

DayBird - April 5th

1614 – Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Confederacy, marries John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace in the valley. Englishman John Rolfe cultivated the first tobacco in Virginia, which made him wicked rich. I bet.

How did they hook up? In 1613, Pocahontas was taken hostage. The Virginian kidnappers were hoping to use her to negotiate a peace with her father. During her incarceration, she converted to Christianity and was baptized Lady Rebecca. Lady Rebecca? How lame is that? Eventually papa agreed to the terms for her release, but by then she had fallen in love with John Rolfe. awww. They had a kid, sailed to England, people gawked, and as they prepared to return to Virginia, she died. Smallpox.

1621 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain. It mysteriously sinks in the middle of the ocean.

1722 – The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.

1827 - Baron Joseph Lister, English surgeon and scientist (d. 1912) is cut from the womb.

Sir William Gull: I think you mean to draw a Lister knife.

1859 -Naturalist Charles Darwin sends his publishers the first three chapters of Origin of Species, which will become one of the greatest stories ever told.

A bunch of heavyweight actors are born on this day:

1900 - Spencer Tracy, American actor (d. 1967)
1908Bette Davis, American actress (d. 1989)
1916Gregory Peck, American actor (d. 2003)

1976 - Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes dies (b. 1905).

1994Kurt Cobain, musician (b. 1967) dies. It is sad.

1997 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926) dies too.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

2008 Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923) died. I watched the 10 Commands this weekend, and I was reminded how much I despised the sound of Charlton's voice. I was really pulling for Yul Brynner.