Previous | Next
237238239240241242243244245246247248249249a250251252253254255256257258259260261262263 of 617
Allen Ginsberg!” I mean she knew the name. He was famous at
that time, a great poet. At that moment Peter Orlovsky comes
in again looking rather bizarre and he says something to Allen:
“I'll meet you later” at some place, and he leaves. Dina says
very straight-faced, “Is that his lover?” And I said, “Yes, I
think so. That's what everybody believes.” It didn't phase her
at all. Here's a woman -- how can I put it? I described her
as the Anna Magnani of Bleeker Street, someone who's very religious,
someone whose philosophy is just overwhelmed by home and
family -- her kids go to parochial school. Very accepting.
Very accepting of Allen Ginsberg and his life style. That's
what makes the Village a very nice place.
The third thing I had with Allen Ginsberg was he sent me
mail. He sent it to me about the heroin traffic. He happens
to believe in the legalization of heroin. I don't believe in
the legalization of heroin. He's probably right -- I'm probably
wrong -- but those are the positions that he and I have respectively.
So his mail to me is long letters trying to get me to be supportive
of heroin maintenance, and he was attacking articles which were
appearing in the Times that particular period done by a very
good writer who did a whole series about heroin maintenance
in England and how bad it was and how people were going on heroin
as a result of it. Allen Ginsberg was criticizing these articles.
In the letter that he sent to me he talked about how generals
in South Vietnam were in charge of the heroin trade. And I
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help