Thursday, April 28, 2005

Allen Ginsberg's advice

interviewer: Many of our readers are unfamiliar with your personal history -- how you made a choice to quit the advertising "straight" world to embrace the creative underground of the 1950s. Do you have any advice for others who are not quite sure how far to go?

AG: Look in the heart; check out your visions with your friends; be bold and careful at the same time; Mind includes both sides of any argument; balance body, feelings, reason and imagination: ALL 4 working together make whole man; read William Blake & Dostoyevsky; listen to old Blues (Leadbelly Ma Rainey & Skip James); learn classical Buddhist-style meditation practise; try everything; "If you see something Horrible, don't cling to it," sez Tibetan Lama Dudjon Rinpoche. See Charlie Chaplin Marx Brothers & WC Fields. Read PLATO's Symposium. Tell your friends everything. Give away all your secrets. "Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves." Feed everybody. Remember life includes suffering complete change and no ultimate personal identity, neither permanent Self or permanent God. Cheerful! Help everyone!


Blogger fred burgess! said...

This was a written interview, so the prose style is Ginsberg's own. It's from 1982.

10:31 AM  
Blogger fred burgess! said...

I think this has my vote as the best post thus far on the blog. I'm not sure how to top it.

6:33 PM  

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