Allen Ginsberg took snapshots of his famous friends and wrote captions on them. Now, these snaps and scribbles are exhibited as academic documents of the bygone Beat era, of an exterminated phase of New York and as a testament to egos. These are pretty good pictures and pretty interesting notes, with a side order of ancient scene self-venerating. On view at the National Gallery of Art in DC now. “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” May 2 – Sep 6, National Gallery of Art, D.C.