The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week. More →
Bob Holman at Howl! Festival in 2012. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)
This was already going to be a wistful week for Bob Holman, owner of the Bowery Poetry Club. Tonight and tomorrow, he’s hosting a farewell party for A Gathering of Tribes and its founder Steve Cannon, who are being forced to leave their home of 24 years on East Third Street. On top of that, Holman took to his blog yesterday to make an unexpected announcement: this year’s HOWL! Festival will no longer happen as planned. More →
Yesterday, we got the sad news that Maggie Estep, arguably the face of the ’90s East Village slam movement, died at 50. Today, we spoke to Bob Holman, who helped propel her to fame as co-director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Mark Pellington, who directed her classic “Hey Baby” video. Here’s what they had to say.
Maggie came out at the Nuyorican Poets Café when the Nuyorican had just reopened. Slam had just emerged in Chicago and I imported it here – and it became their signature, where the multiculti voices found a home. Maggie’s punk-absurdist, angry-comic voice was a leading edge. I ran the slams, so I was the one who called her up and told her, “Oh, you really are good, you really do have to come back and let us hear some more.” More →