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Volume 80, Number 7 | September 23 – 29, 2010

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Clayton’s Page

Beat poetry, Kabbalah and a nice pair of trousers

Lionel Ziprin, near right, and Allen Ginsberg, far right, photographed by Clayton Patterson at the Independent Press Show circa 1989. “Two of the most esteemed poets in the Lower East Side,” reflected Patterson. “Ginsberg is well known. Ziprin is a more esoteric figure.” Ginsberg, the iconic Beat poet, died in the East Village in 1997 at age 70. Opening in theaters this Friday, a new biopic, “HOWL,” starring James Franco as Ginsberg portrays the 1957 obscenity trial over Ginsberg’s famed poem of the same name. The best parts of the movie are said to be Franco’s inspired reading of the groundbreaking work, complete with segments of animation. The grandson of a renowned rabbi, Ziprin was a kabbalist, as well as a poet. He died last year at age 84. In the photo below, Carl, proprietor of Carl and Sons Clothing Co., (behind the counter) and two employees posed for a photo in early 2000. After many years at the corner of Stanton and Orchard Sts., the shop closed about four years ago.