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26 February 10 — Snowed In

Cleaning Up New York : ‘ Dirt will always win in the end ’

— Bob Rosenthal. Cleaning Up New York . Cover by Rochelle Kraut. Angel Hair Books, [1976]. This is one of the great neglected books of the 1970s, a classic short essay that has long been a favorite of the Endless Bookshelf. Since before its inception, in fact, when the Anonymous Other worked in Allen Ginsberg’s office with the genial Rosenthal, who was then the poet’s secretary and is now director of the Allen Ginsberg Estate. It’s brilliant and playful ; and chapter 9, ‘ Hints ’, is eminently practical, too. Until the book is brought back into print, the original edition is an artefact worth seeking.

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