I’ve been iffy about it because apparently Ginsburg was a pedophile?
Pretty sure that was based on an interpretation of his poetry rather than his actual life, but I would love to see evidence of it.
Like most artists of that time, he wasn’t necessarily an upstanding human being, but his poetry is remarkable.
But the movie has nothing to do with that. This movie is based on a singular event that took place while Ginsberg was in college where the guy he had a crush on murdered another guy.
EDIT: Oh! Nope. You’re right. He was a member of an advocacy group that was all about Man/Boy love. Interesting. If I were not headed off to work I’d look into it more now.
Another lover hits the universe. The circle is broken. But with death comes rebirth. And like all lovers and sad people, I am a poet. -Allen Ginsberg
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Why did Kill Your Darlings not get like, 1000x the attention??? I don’t even remember when it came out and I was anticipating it! What a great movie! For comparison, I’d say similar to Dead Poets Society. If you liked that I suspect you’ll love this. Is it just that I really love Allen Ginsberg? That is possible. I also love a good true crime story. In fact, this was the perfect movie for me. True crime, poetry, unrequited love, and Allen Ginsberg. Absolutely loved it.
this is one of my favorite posts ever
Why do movies show “nerdy girls” as carrying a billion books, and then portray them as physically weak? If a girl can carry the harry potter series, the lotr trilogy, and all of her textbooks then she can probably lift the protagonist football star and throw him across the football field
i want more stories of boys growing up idolizing women
calling women their heroes, telling women they want to be just like them when they’re grown up
men being fondly told anecdotes of how they’re acting just like their lady mentors at that age
how everyone can see so much of those women in them
how they should be proud to carry that influence with them
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
My lecturer once talked about a book that has a pink cover and he said ‘It’s a great book but boys, it’s not the kind of book you’d like to be seen reading on a train because it’s very pink.’
|—||TERRY PRATCHETT (via psych-facts)|