As I have written in a previous post, I just love the Tumblr site, Book Porn! AND not just because it combines two great tastes that taste great together (just go with me here), though that is what initially had me take those first tentative steps into the picturesque (pun intended) montage of Tumblr. There is something just so damn gratifying about using my limited (bordering on inept, actually) computer skills to submit to a social media site that caters to, values even, that bibliophile of the past, the lover of the printed word (on paper, in an actual book, with pages, and a library due stamped in the back, which will no doubt be forgotten, so that said book will have to be “purchased” for an accumulated fine equivalent to something like eight times its cover price……from 1951. Don’t ask…).
My latest published submission features two of my most prized signed books: White Shroud by Allen Ginsberg and Junky by William Burroughs. White Shroud is especially valued, as Ginsberg signed the copy pictured below after the MLA convention in New York City, where he was the featured speaker at a symposium on his seminal work, Howl. His scribbled message and playful drawings on White Shroud’s title page remind me of that magical night when my friend, Chris, and I were his invited guests for dinner on the lower east side…the hours we spent afterwards in Ginsberg’s apartment…the inimitable Peter Orlovsky, in all of his effervescent and lovable looniness, scrawling our names in magic marker on the apartment’s walls…So, without further ado, ENJOY this scene along the rough and Tumblr road:
nhornby: Ginsberg signed at the MLA in NYC after a symposium on Howl. Burroughs signed in Boulder, Colorado at Naropa University…1986