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Straight Around Allen: On the Business of Being Allen Ginsberg Paperback – October 26, 2018
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 177 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0993409946
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.45 x 10 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993409943
- Publisher : Beatdom Books (October 26, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book contains a lot of idiosyncratic and very interesting marginal material: commentary, documents and the like, right alongside the text. In first assessing this book, with the "look inside" feature here on Amazon, just read the right hand side of each page for the large print straight narrative. That's the main body of the book, and that should direct your "do I buy it" choice. The marginalia is fascinating, but may not create the first impression this book deserves.
Outside of Allen's own writings, this is the book I would recommend as the best introduction to the man and his work. I knew Allen very well for decades, but in this book I learned the unsuspected extent to which he gave away the money he earned, to help worthy individuals and causes. He really lived a life of voluntary poverty, and the few "extras" he allowed himself were matters of physical and medical necessity. And he was so discreet about his charity that as far as I know, Bob is the first to reveal how much he gave away. Also, Bob discloses, with anecdote after anecdote, how Allen relentlessly transformed negative situations, usually through humor, into opportunities to expand everyone's awareness. He did it to me plenty when we first met, and I was an adolescent (with all the attitude that implies.)
Bob reveals faces of Allen I didn't know: I experienced him as he related to me. But everything Bob says checks out and rings true. How not? Bob was there more than anyone. When I finished the book it was like I'd seen Allen again, the real Allen, the one I knew. Usually when I look at a bio of Allen I come away thinking, who could possibly infer the actual person from all this plain data? Bob Rosenthal has written accurate and compelling account that gives us back the real Allen.