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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 […]

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 […]