Dennis Cooper, Benjamin Weisman, Amy Gerstler & Tosh Berman in conversation

Jun 22, 2021

A reunion of figures from the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center’s haunted hallways of the 1980s and 90s. This tête-à-tête between Tosh Berman and poet-auteurs Dennis Cooper, Benjamin Weissman, and Amy Gerstler explores their so-called poet-gang, the special friendships formed by the L.A. literati in the early 1980s, being influenced by the French (i.e. literary hauntedness), and the specific problems and pleasantries of poetic programming.

This program is part of a three-part series, Beyond Baroque and Beyond, in which Tosh Berman, writer, poet, Los Angeles publisher of the postwar French literati, and beloved host of the 1980s cable talk show Tea With Tosh, returns to the screen to confabulate with figures from the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center’s haunted hallways. Summoned to Berman’s virtual sofa are a host of poetic voices, each of whom have been central to the center’s programs at a point between 1980 and 1996. Not merely interviews, Beyond Baroque and Beyond is equal parts séance, chat show, reunion, literary production, past life regression, tea time. No nostalgia.