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Friday, December 1, 2006

Still Horny After All that Howling

posted by on December 1 at 13:15 PM

Why are some straight guys so worried that a gay guy is going to jump them? Maybe because of Allen Ginsberg.

Below Andrew Bleeker’s takedown of the popular poet on the books page this weekóit’s the 50-year anniversary of the publication of Howl, and lots of books have just been published to capitalize on the momentódon’t miss Brendan Kiley’s anecdote about getting hit on by the 68-year-old Ginsberg.

Here’s another anecdote from another straight guy, Stranger contributor Chris McCann. He says:

I was interviewing Robert Creeley for my senior thesis and Ginsberg rolls into the room, all jowls and slobber and crazy eyes. He then begins massaging my shoulders and neck with what can only be called an erotic touch. Creeley starts snickering as I try to engineer my escape, made more difficult as Ginsberg whispers a few unprintable words (both wetly and hotly) into my appalled undergraduate ear.

Needless to say, I hastily concluded the interview. And then I ran.

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Oh the horrors, getting hit on inappropriately by a man. *rolls eyes* Straight men like it as much as we do. Go figure.

Posted by No Y Chromosome | December 1, 2006 1:30 PM

A tip for you book collectors: if you ever see an autographed copy of a Ginsberg book where he signs it merely "Allen," that means he had sex with the person for whom he signed the book. Check out his "last" poem, "Love and Fame," published in the New Yorker after his death, for more on his predeliction for queering straight boys.

Posted by bill | December 1, 2006 1:40 PM

Correction: the last poem was "Death and Fame." Death, love, whatever.

Posted by bill | December 1, 2006 1:40 PM

a high school friend of mine was hit on by ginsberg at a camp in silver bay, NY, 1992.

Posted by bing | December 1, 2006 1:41 PM

Good for Ginsberg. He wasn't afraid to be a dirty old man.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | December 1, 2006 4:23 PM

At one time not too distantly in the past, the smaller club would have been comprised of the young men who hadn't been hit on by Ginsberg.

These days, what with all things being modern and hi-tech, the new notoriously dirty old man is Richard Stallman, of debatable fame in the Open Source software communities. If it has a pulse he's probably tried to grope it.

Posted by let's get some shoes | December 1, 2006 6:19 PM

I have a "Collected Poems" with that same "Ah" with a circle around it from the '94 tour, except I got mine in Houston.

He told me the "Ah" was a mantra he was giving me.

Posted by David Summerlin | December 1, 2006 7:14 PM

Is Christopher Frizzelle straight?


Posted by XX | December 3, 2006 1:51 PM

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