Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lost and found …

… Neal Cassady’s long-lost letter to Jack Kerouac at auction. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Nearly everyone who knew Cassady was struck by his natural verbal virtuosity as a monologist. Kerouac’s first wife, Joan Haverty Kerouac, recounted his tales of ‘cares and escapades, jail memories and women and nights and blues’, though she was certain that no writing ‘could… capture the vitality and intensity of the voice I now heard, describing everything in such a way that lived it just by listening.’

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