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Allen Ginsberg

Datum narození: 3. červen 1926
Datum úmrtí: 5. duben 1997

Irwin Allen Ginsberg byl americký básník, jedna z vůdčích osobností beatnické generace.

Citát „Naše hlavy jsou kulaté, aby naše mysl mohla změnit směr.“

„Věci jsou symboly sama sebe.“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Originál: (en) Things are symbols of themselves.
Zdroj: [Morgan, Bill, The Works of Allen Ginsberg, 1941-1994: A Descriptive Bibliography, ABC-CLIO, 1995, 62, angličtina]

„Dokud jsem tady, budu dělat svoji práci. Jakou práci? Ulehčovat bolest života. Všechno ostatní je opilecký blábol.“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Zdroj: Ed Sanders na pwf.cz http://www.pwf.cz/archivy/texty/rozhovory/ed-sanders-v-rozhovoru-s-michaelem-marchem_559.html

„I could issue manifestos summoning seraphim to revolt against the Haavenly State we're in, or trumpets to summon American mankind to rebellion against the Authority which has frozen all skulls in the cold war, That is, I could, make sense, invoke politics and try organize a union of opinion about what to do to Cuba, China, Russia, Bolivia, New Jersey, etc. However since in America the folks are convinced their heaven is all right, those manifestos make no dent except in giving authority & courage to the small band of hipsters who are disaffected like gentle socialists. Meanwhile the masses the proletariat the people are smug and the source of the great Wrong. So the means then is to communicate to the grand majority- and say I or anybody did write a balanced documented account not only of the lives of America but the basic theoretical split from the human body as Reich has done- But the people are so entrenched in their present livelihood that all the facts in the world-such as that China will be 1/4 of world pop makes no impression at all as a national political fact that intelligent people can take counsel on and deal with humorously & with magnificence. So that my task as a politician is to dynamite the emotional rockbed of inertia and spiritual deadness that hangs over the cities and makes everybody unconsciously afraid of the cops- To enter the Soul on a personal level and shake the emotion with the Image of some giant reality-of any kind however irrelevant to transient political issue- to touch & wake the soul again- That soul which is asleep or hidden in armor or unable to manifest itself as free life of God on earth- To remind by chord of deep groan of the Unknown to most Soul- then further politics will take place when people seize power over their universe and end the long dependence on an external authority or rhetorical set sociable emotions-so fixed they don't admit basic personal life changes-like not being afraid of jails and penury, while wandering thru gardens in high civilization.“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Gordon Ball (1977), Journals: Early Fifties Early Sixties, Grove Press NY
Journals: Early Fifties Early Sixties

„The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Hadda be Playin' on a Jukebox (1975).
Hadda be Playin' on a Jukebox

„1. You can't win. 2. You can't break even. 3. You can't even get out of the game.“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Several publications attribute the quote to Ginsberg, probably the first one is The Coevolution Quarterly in 1975 [Google books https://books.google.it/books?id=MylJAQAAIAAJ&q=%22ginsberg%27s+theorem%22&dq=%22ginsberg%27s+theorem%22&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y], but there's is no evidence whatsoever that he ever pronounced it. A more detailed analysis can be found in this post https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/you_cant_win_you_cant_break_even/
Misattributed, Ginsberg's theorem

„You assume we are all sexually stable; while on the other hand, as I have become acquainted with people, I find that they are all perverted sinners, one way or another, that the whole society is corrupt and rotten and repressed and unconscious that it exhibits its repression in various forms of social sadism.“

—  Allen Ginsberg

Family Business: Selected Letters Between a Father and Son, Allen and Louis Ginsberg (1944-1976), Michael Schumacher (ed.) (2001), Bloomsbury Publishing NY, ISBN 1582341079, p. 21.
Family Business

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