PopMatters: The Artist as Mensch

Allen Ginsberg’s uncollected interviews show that he still matters, though not for the reasons he once did.

First Thought (ed. Michael Schumacher)Allen Ginsberg gave terrific interviews. They possess many of the virtues of his poetry: openness, intensity, humor, visionary flights of fancy, religious explorations, political commentary, and a refusal to look away from the ways that our bountiful modern American life also represses us. However, beyond this, they also offer a compelling mix of gossip, technical expertise, and advice.

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