Praise for Straight Around Allen

In late 2018, we released Bob Rosenthal’s stunning memoir, Straight Around Allen: On the Business of Being Allen Ginsberg. The book has gotten a tremendous reception, and we’d like to share with you some of the kind words people have had for it:

Ann Charters:

The best book about Ginsberg ever published.

Helen Vendler:

Of course, the book is indispensible on documentary grounds alone but the sustained narrative has great moving power.

Jonah Raskin (for New York Journal of Books):

There is no other book like this one, though there are dozens of books about Ginsberg. Bob Rosenthal has made a courageous and valuable contribution to the field of Beat studies.

Ben Schafer:

 Once I started I literally could not put it down… It was riveting and unlike any memoir I’ve ever read in structure and tone, very in the moment, present, candid. 

Eliot Katz:

This will prove to be an essential book, and a terrific read, for any scholars, students, poets, and activists interested in Allen Ginsberg’s inspiring life and work.

Allen Ginsberg Estate:

There have been a number of recent Beat books of late and our imprimatur of “essential reading” might seem a little easily dispensed and perfunctory – but no, not for this one, not so. This one is essential reading.

Brian Hassett:

The candor of the camera man comes clear. A focused word collage of poetry in practice.

David S. Wills

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult. He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, www.davidswills.com or on Tumblr.

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