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Max Blagg Alone

Bald Ego magazine co-editor Max Blagg goes it alone, in the temporary absence of his "BEO" partner Glenn O'Brien. Blagg forges ahead to share some early influences on his own work - the "forgotten Beat," Brion Gysin, for one, whose 1959 appearance on the BBC provoked a major anti-Beat protest from horrified listeners. Dutch Schultz, for another, whose deathbed ravings, annotated by William Burroughs, you can hear Max read on this very show, along with a few Ted Berrigan poems and some wonderful, early and very short stories by Sam Shepard (from a 1973 book, Hawk Moon). And all in just one half-hour!


Bald Ego Online


The late arts writer Glenn O'Brien and poet Max Blagg hosted the Bald Ego Online series from 2005-2006, featuring Duncan Hannah, Ron Padgett, Anna Akhmatova, Donald Barthelme, an Anthology of New York Poets, and more. 
After O'Brien passed away in 2017, Clocktower re-introduced the series in remembrance of the writer's life in the New York art scene. He will be sorely missed.   

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