At least according to Kaleem Aftab, who interviews the Howl-actor/Yale writing student in the Independent:

"The fact that Ginsberg became such a public figure is an anomaly. It jut doesn't happen that often that a poet becomes that big. It's the nature of poetry. Compared to fiction people don't read much poetry and compared to movies people just don't read much fiction and compared to television people don't watch that many movies."

Originally Published: June 23rd, 2010