I got this from SIFF today:

“*Any page by Paul Goodman will give you not only originality and
brilliance but wisdom, that is, something to think about. He is our
peculiar, urban, twentieth-century Thoreau, the quintessential American
mind of our time.” —**Hayden Carruth, poet.*

Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he
merited a cameo in Woody Allen’s *Annie Hall*. Author of legendary
bestseller *Growing Up Absurd* (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out
queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt
therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of
the ’60s.

*Paul Goodman Changed My Life* immerses you in an era of high intellect
(that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that *Mad Men* has so effectively
exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when
ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher
weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival
multimedia—selections from Goodman’s poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and
Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam
Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his
family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and
producer/editor Kimberly Reed (*Prodigal Sons*) have woven together a rich
portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for

*“Paul Goodman was not ahead of his time but IN his time.”*
–Grace Paley

*“There has not been such a convincing, genuine, singular voice in our
language since D. H. Lawrence.
Paul Goodman’s voice touched everything he wrote about with intensity,
interest, and his own terribly appealing sureness and awkwardness.”*
–Susan Sontag

*“His impact is all around us.”*
–Noam Chomsky

*Watch the trailer at*

*DECEMBER 2 – 8*
*321 Mercer Street, Seattle WA*

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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