The Letters of Allen Ginsberg, edited by Bill Morgan (Da Capo Press, 2008)
I have a file titled “Noam Chomsky” that contains several letters from the linguist during the 1990s. I first began writing him while studying at the Maryknoll School, as I was doing research on his work on the Middle East. Back then, around 1990, word was that Chomsky spent twenty hours a week answering correspondence, which was in addition to his two full-time jobs as relentless critic of American power and influential linguist/philosopher.
While I don’t know how much time Allen Ginsberg spent writing letters, by quantity he must not be too far behind Chomsky.
Ginsberg archivist Bill Morgan’s task was to collect some representative fine letters out of the thousands Ginsberg wrote over many decades (the first is dated December 28, 1941 when he was fifteen years old). Read the rest of this entry »