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Jim Jarmusch Narrates a Walking Tour of the East Village

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:27:30

 

Allen Ginsberg

 

The East Village’s rich musical history is well documented but, sadly, the neighborhood’s literary heritage seems to get the short shrift too often. That can be remedied by a walking tour created by Pejik Malinovski and narrated by filmmaker and musician Jim Jarmusch. Passing Stranger: The East Village Poetry Walk consists of a downloadable mp3 and a map detailing historic spots in the East Village where the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Kenneth Koch, Ron Padgett, and other poetic heavies lived and presented their works from the ‘50s on. At each stop on the self-guided tour, site-specific audio details the relevance and context of the location through poems and antecdotes by the people who were there. The tour also includes music from East Village mainstay John Zorn, so even if you aren't in NYC, the file is an interesting listen. Just close your eyes and pretend you're here. Download the audio here and for more information about Passing Stranger: The East Village Poetry Walk, head here. (via EV Grieve)



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