Friday, August 9, 2013

Those Crazy Beatniks

From the New York Times via the always fascinating Open Culture comes the following tale of the first meeting of 20th Century superstar poets  Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith.

'It’s November 1969 and Ms. Smith is trying to buy a cheese sandwich at the Horn & Hardart Automat on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. When she finds herself a dime short, Ginsberg approaches her and asks if he can help. He offers her the extra 10 cents and also treats her to a cup of coffee. The two are talking about Walt Whitman when Ginsberg suddenly leans forward and asks if she’s a girl.
“Is that a problem?” she asks.
He laughs and says: “I’m sorry. I took you for a very pretty boy.”
“Well, does this mean I return the sandwich?”
“No, enjoy it. It was my mistake.”
6 years on , on the cover of Horses one of the finest debut albums every recorded.
Pretty isnt the word but theres a lot of us fell in love with that simple perfect image by Robert Mapplethorpe. 

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