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The San Francisco I Missed in Person

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

BY DONNA ACETO As a New Yorker of a certain age, I have longed for a visual portal into San Francisco in the 1970s. Armistead Maupin’s series of “Tales of the City” novels and my own imagination aside, Daniel Nicoletta’s “LGBT San Francisco” is the most fun historical romp I have found. On either paper or […]

Iconic Photographer, Both Chatty and Cagey

Iconic Photographer, Both Chatty and Cagey

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Laura Israel’s jazzy, inspiring documentary “Don’t Blink — Robert Frank” is a nifty portrait of the iconic Swiss-born photographer. Through artfully assembled interviews, home movie footage, film clips, and dozens of sensational photographs, Israel captures Frank’s talent and his candor. Her film also raises intriguing questions about the nature and […]

Daniel Radcliffe and the Secret of Allen Ginsberg

Daniel Radcliffe and the Secret of Allen Ginsberg

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | Oh I’ve felt that many times,” Daniel Radcliffe said evenly. “It’s that moment when someone says or does something and it speaks to something in you. It’s when somebody else articulates what you want to be and you see that in them for a second. Moments that give you an instant connection […]

Vague Stirrings

Vague Stirrings

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Rupture the pattern” and “break the law” are ideologies that animate the neophyte Beats — Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) — in the ambitious period drama “Kill Your Darlings.” Director and co-writer John Krokidas certainly ruptures some […]

Chelsea Boy

Chelsea Boy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Dublin-born author Brendan Behan once quipped he was “a drinker with a writing problem.” If he were alive today — he died in 1964 at age 41 from diabetes complications brought on by massive alcohol abuse — he might also admit to a serious public image problem. In the eyes of the […]

Stonewall

Stonewall

BY MAUREEN N. McLANE |   Let this medallion stand for nothing planned No one manned a station at the bar There was no plot no forethought to resist but a spontaneous paroxysm a cataclysm of visibility the street vibrating with the punch of NOW and NO MORE— Behold the kickline of frenzied fabulousness— Rage can […]

Allen Ginsberg’s Many Contradictions

Allen Ginsberg’s Many Contradictions

BY DOUG IRELAND | You may think you know who Allen Ginsberg was. His name alone conjures up what Thomas Pynchon called the “anarcho-psychedelic” era, a counterculture of which Ginsberg was both the media symbol and the progenitor. But a recent critical biography published in London by Reaktion Books paints a picture that explodes myths about […]

A Dissenter’s Dissenter

A Dissenter’s Dissenter

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Christopher Felver’s affectionate 2009 documentary “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” may be reaching cinemas years late — and after both “Howl,” the 2010 film about Allen Ginsberg, and the recent adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” — but this profile of arguably the most important Beat poet, painter, and publisher […]

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

BY GARY M. KRAMER | It took more than 50 years for Jack Kerouac’s bestseller “On the Road” to be turned into a film. Curiously, it was a Brazilian director, Walter Salles, who finally took on this American classic about freedom — sexual, spiritual, musical, and drink- and drug-induced. Working from an adaptation by José Rivera, […]