Allen Ginsberg on Doing Nothing (1974)

A re-posting of Vince Tinguely’s, who brought this wonderful quote to my attention:

I’m interested in meditation, in exploring inner space, in a certain political movement which would involve a sit-in in Washington where hundreds of thousands of people would just go to Washington and sit down. Ten hours on Monday, for ten days, ten hours a day, doing nothing but sitting. I’d like to see that. That many people doing nothing would create such a pool of nothing-doing that it just wouldn’t contribute to the aggression that’s going around. I’d like to see Nixon sit down and do nothing for a while and take a rest, stop working so hard.

– Allen Ginsberg, from ‘A Conversation’ in Composed On The Tongue, August 8, 1974

Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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