Material Wealth Review in Air Mail

Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg Review in Air Mail

The Ginsberg Files by David Yaffee


“He survived a lot—the schizophrenic mother who was the subject of Kaddish, being gay in a gay-unfriendly world, being an individualist among the herd, being who he was in spite of everything else. And yet Material Wealth is a catalogue of too many friends and lovers to count.It didn’t always stop the melancholy, but so much of his art was defined by all kinds of courtship. Fame kept him busy, but it never stopped the desperation of the man who wrote,“America,I’ve given you my all, and now I’m nothing.”There was a lot of something there, too.”

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