Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Saw the movie "Howl" (2010, directed by Rob Epstein) last night and was taken by a single fact of Allen Ginsberg's life. For awhile he was working in San Francisco in an office job, in advertising, making some good money. He said he enjoyed the fact that he could do it, but wasn't really enjoying it intrinsically at all.
He started seeing a shrink who kept asking him, "What do you want to do? What would make you happy?"
And Allen Ginsberg say, pretty honestly, that all he really wanted to do was write, get stoned, fuck his lover, and contemplate art all day.
The shrink said, well, go ahead and to that.
And Ginsberg said, I can't do that. I'll get old, and gray, and I'll have pee stains on my underwear, and I'll live in this horrible apartment, and I'll be alone.
The doctor said, no, actually I don't think that will happen. You're a charming fellow. You'll do better than that.
So Ginsberg did it. He dropped out, got stoned, fucked his lover, contemplated art, and wrote Howl.
Think about it.
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