Category Archives: Film

When Frank (O’Hara) Met Marlene (Dietrich)

                          As everyone knows, Frank O’Hara was an unabashed, passionate fan of the movies — and of movie stars.  He stanned James Dean and Greta Garbo and Lana … Continue reading

Posted in Edward Gorey, Edwin Denby, Film, Frank O'Hara, Larry Rivers, Letters / Correspondence | Leave a comment

“For Will”: A Short Documentary about Robert Creeley and His Son

A few years ago, I introduced the work of the poet Robert Creeley to an undergraduate student of mine at Florida State University named Grayson Goga.  Like so many students, Grayson fell for Creeley’s work — but unlike many students, he … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Film, Robert Creeley | 1 Comment

Jennifer Lawrence and Frank O’Hara: From Hunger Games to Lunch Poems

I’m always on the lookout for surprising Frank O’Hara sightings, but I definitely didn’t see this one coming.  The Daily Mail is reporting today that when the movie star Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in New York on Sunday on a … Continue reading

Posted in fashion, Film, Frank O'Hara | 8 Comments

Frank O’Hara as an Influence on Greta Gerwig and “Lady Bird”

             Although it’s not a surprise anymore, Frank O’Hara continues to pop up in unexpected corners of popular culture, often cited as an influence and lodestar for rock musicians, TV showrunners, and filmmakers. I was … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Frank O'Hara, NY School Influence | 1 Comment

The Time John Ashbery Did a “Screen Test” for Andy Warhol

Over the last several weeks since John Ashbery passed away, we have seen a flood of moving tributes, memorials, personal memoirs, and re-assessments, including even some reflections on the poet “in all his hunky glory,” as the title of a surprising … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Ed Sanders, Film, Gerard Malanga, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Wieners, Lou Reed, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan | 1 Comment

Ron Padgett talks about his Sundays with the New York Times

The New York Times has just posted a little feature on Ron Padgett, in conjunction with Jim Jarmusch’s new movie Paterson.  As I noted recently, Padgett collaborated with his friend Jarmusch, composing poems for the movie: For the movie “Paterson,” about a poet … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Koch, New York, Ron Padgett, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jim Jarmusch as “the Cinematic Extension of the New York School”

Paterson, the new movie by the celebrated indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, has been receiving a lot of buzz and praise ever since it debuted this summer at the Cannes Film Festival, “where it was feted as the best film the 63-year-old Jarmusch had … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Frank O'Hara, Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Koch, Ron Padgett | 3 Comments