Thursday, March 12, 2015
jack kerouac was born 93 years ago today, on march 12, 1922, in lowell, massachusetts. he died in 1969, at the tragically young age of 47 - from the ravages of alcoholism. i'm a big fan of kerouac - and the beats in general. the latest bit of beat news is the discovery of the long considered lost joan anderson letter in november - and the seemingly inevitable litigation that ensued over its ownership.
i've done a few posts about that, so won't bother to repeat the details here. suffice it to say, regardless of the ownership outcome, hopefully the remaining - unpublished pages - will finally find their way into print. for those that remember, the partially published letter served as the basis for the film, "the last time i committed suicide." more significantly, however, kerouac has always claimed that the joan Anderson letter was the impetus that freed up his writing style - and resulted in "on the road."
anyway, aside from the day to day details of planet earth - happy birthday in heaven jack!