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12 November 2018

SHMOOZING WITH THE BIG DOGS (Jack Kerouac Group)

Long post but very interesting reading. From Donald Newlove's book "Those Drinking Days: Myself and Other Writers" (1981)
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Closer to home, on the Lower East Side, Jack Kerouac became what Allen Ginsberg calls "the last of the great Christian drinkers," an epithet I'd call horseshit. You don't say the last of the great Christian epileptics, do you? This mysticalizing is the kind of high manure that kept Kerouac an active drunk. It's pouring romance over the corpse...
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John Kozloski I need a drink after reading this
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Stuart Cormie "No other place to go." Barhopping needs no better excuse.
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Gerald Nicosia Newlove was a reformed alcoholic. Nobody rails against alcohol like the reformed alcoholics. There is some truth in what he says, but Kerouac was a stone-cold genius and Newlove was not. I don't think we have the right to judge geniuses--probably noSee More
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Gerald Nicosia I'm the first person who wrote that, in MEMORY BABE.
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Gerald Nicosia I'm stating a fact. Until MEMORY BABE, people assumed like Charters that ON THE ROAD had been written on bennies.
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Gerald Nicosia Since MEMORY BABE has been kept out of print for 18 years, I assumed some people might not know that.
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Gerald Nicosia Working on it.
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Paul A Maher JrPaul A and 9 others joined Jack Kerouac within the last two weeks. Give them a warm welcome into your community! Gerald Nicosia there you go. I've been on the record about the worthiness of your work. The fact that its out of print is tragic.
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Mit Rehallag I'd point out that Jack said later he wrote in on coffee (I don't disbelieve him, necessarily). But no one was doing a blood test on him :)
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Paul A Maher JrPaul A and 9 others joined Jack Kerouac within the last two weeks. Give them a warm welcome into your community! to make one point: JK mentioned this fact about OTR and coffee in his "Trade Winds" interview with Jerome Beatty of Saturday Review published September 28, 1958: "We had to wait a long time for On the Road. It was done in 1951. Here's how: "I wrote it See More
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Gerald Nicosia I got the information from Joan Haverty--I was the only biographer to interview her. She affirmed that it was nothing but coffee--no drugs.
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Mit Rehallag Exactly. That would be the type of confirmation to look for. (Jerry, when I was in grad school in the 80's I read Memory Babe over and over all the time).
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Paul A Maher JrPaul A and 9 others joined Jack Kerouac within the last two weeks. Give them a warm welcome into your community! Mit Rehallag I remember Memory Babe when it first came out. I was in the navy and saw it in a Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich bookstore in a display with a bunch of other Kerouac books in San Diego, Ca. I bought Visions of Cody that day, but not MB because I was a lowly seaman with shitty pay. But I did buy it a little later and held on to my copy ever since.
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Mit Rehallag Yeah. I bought the hardback used.
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John Kozloski Awesome book
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Terry A Travers Where else could I tag Paul A Maher Jr and Gerald Nicosia in the same comment? What a country!! I knew several, including myself, who altered their own behavior patterns in the wake of OTR. Attitudes, ways of speaking and carrying themselves. Subtle but, in most cases, lifelong. Then came Dylan to up the ante. Who's to replace them?
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Terry A Travers Gerald Nicosia Paul A Maher Jr I donated a copy of "Memory Babe" and a copy of "Subterranean Kerouac" to my local library in 2003. I was appaled at their lack of material on JK. The only book on their shelves was "Lonesome Traveler." Eventually, I've rSee More
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Paul A Maher JrPaul A and 9 others joined Jack Kerouac within the last two weeks. Give them a warm welcome into your community! Terry A Travers my books on Kerouac sell the least out of all I've ever written so I'm not surprised. -- many people aren't interested in the facts of Kerouac's life, but rather the Beat mythos which they extract from reading On the Road. From all accounts, any of the posthumous books of Kerouac sell rather poorly.
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Terry A Travers Paul A Maher Jr Except for your work, which I borrowed from Worcester Public Library, I've owned pretty much everything he wrote, short a couple. Today, living in community, I have little room and have only retained The scroll, OTR as published, Doctor Sax, Brother Souls and the two works I mentioned. I've always given what I had away as my way of proselytizing the Legend. Perhaps one of those recipients might decide to major in American Lit with their concentration on the man I call "Handsome Johnny."
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At the San Luis Obispo Library - The Kerouac Scroll.