Saturday, January 23, 2010


Allen Ginsberg typing 1956.

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl

Over the years, some versions of the top photograph have alleged that Ginsberg is typing (or writing) Howl, tho the date is one year too late. With regards to the bottom photo, our first thought is that the typewriter has changed – it’s gray instead of the more common black. Our second thought is to wonder if that particular model was even available in 1955. Franco has stripped to a t-shirt because he’s hunkier here (Allen would like that!). And he’s moved from the kitchen to a dining room or study. But you gotta love that lamp. It’s the light source for the original photo, tho not for the recreation.

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