Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods). Tom Clark, Vaclav Havel, Edmund White.
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)

Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, with: Sad Dust Glories (Poems During Work Summer in Woods)

(1) New York, NY; (2) Berkeley, CA: (1) Harper Collins; (2) Workingman's Press, 2001. (1) First Edition, Second Printing; (2) First Printing. (1) Hardcover; (2) Stapled Wrappers. Well, this collection certainly features heavy-hitters all-around—a book of Selected Interviews from Allen Ginsberg with Preface by legendary Czech poet-turned-dissident-turned-politician, Vaclav Havel (a legend in his time and the first democratically-elected president of his country). Added to this is the presence of a great Introduction by celebrated biographer Edmund White, whose book on Jean Genet one William S. Burroughs closely read (as evidenced by a memorable presentation given by Friend of Third Mind Books, Jim Pennington, at the one of the storied European Beat Studies Network Conferences). Allen Ginsberg was a sort of Dizzy Gillespie of Beat Poetics; a man who would share the secrets of his craft and life as long as he might encourage you to share yours. A revealing epigram appears before the book officially begins, the text reading as follows: “A long time ago I figured out that the interview and the media was a way of teaching. If you talk to people as if they were future Buddhas, or present Buddhas, that any bad karma coming out of it will be their problem rather than yours, so you can say anything you want, and you talk on about the highest level possible.” One is quick to note the appearance of “Allen Ginsberg the Media Genius” in the first half of the quote, that “…the interview and the media” is a “…way of teaching.” The final flourish of the quote is perhaps the reason these interviews are—if you’re a poet or a writer of any aspiration—priceless, to be cherished and revisited for the earned wisdom and revitalizing instruction to be found there. These interviews, which begin with Marc D. Schleifer’s October 15, 1958 interview-profile of Ginsberg in the Village Voice, span all the way to Steve Silberman’s December 16, 1996 interview of Ginsberg for HotWired in San Francisco. In this writer’s not-so-humble-opinion, the 1966 Paris Review Interview with Tom Clark is worth the price of admission alone, and will forever change the way you conceive of writing poetry (if you pay attention, that is!). Book in very fine condition with only slightest rubbing to boards near-fine-edges and slight shelf-wear to fine-edges. Dust-jacket in fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear along topmost fine-edges of front (where small bending-crease is present; see photos), back cover and spine & minor scuffs, rubbing to same; slightly visible on back cover along where spine was glued onto the boards is some residue, with coloration peeking through the boards but not damaging the functionality of the jacket in the slightest. We’ve decided to add to this listing Ginsberg’s little-read poetry collection of 1975, “Sad Dust Glories,” which features three works by Allen Ginsberg compiled together for the first time in a booklet published by The Workingman's Press, co-edited by Barry Gifford and Gary Wilkie. Interestingly, early Jack Kerouac scholar and collector Marshall Clements is also thanked on the copyright page. The three works are the “Green Notebooks,” “To the Dead,” and “For Sale,” (dedicated to the great Arthur Rimbaud). “For Sale” is especially Ginsbergian: “For sale, Western Civilization / its buildings, street lights, / dynamo electric generators / petrochemical energized cars, / Machines for sale, chain saws & / elevators, subways, autos, / draw knives / for sale Presidents, Generals, Central / Intelligence Agency, nameless computers – Murders for sale / Atom Bombs for sale, revolutions for sale to counterrevolutions.” In very fine condition with only minor discoloration to edges of back cover; minute rusting to staples at interior and a speck-sized bit at exterior. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4532]

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