BEAT NEWS YOU CAN USE!
1). Your Chance to Fire Watch on Desolation Peak
2). Neal Cassady’s Denver – Photos Now on Facebook
3). Here’s What People Are Saying About Us on Yelp!
4). Allen Ginsberg Reads Howl at Reed College in 1956
5). Support for a Worthwhile Cancer Project
1). BE A FIRE WATCHER IN THE CASCADES – JUST LIKE OLD JACK
In 1956, at the behest of Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac spent a summer as a fire Watcher up on Desolation Peak in the Cascades at the Canadian Border praying to Mount Hozomeen. Jack was deep into his study of Buddhism and the book Desolation Angels was the result. One of the reasons I’ve always loved the movie Beat Angel so much is because it focuses so much on this period and this location.
So, imagine my surprise when I discovered last week that the US Department of Interior has a job posting up on their website where any US Citizen can apply to live in one of these shacks for $14 an hour and look for smoke, just like old Jack did in 1956.
This is for real. Click the link to see what it’s all about. The posting ends 1/25/11 so check it out right away. If I wasn’t spending 24/7 running The Beat Museum I’d be applying for this myself!
“Ooh! Ooh! Me, me! Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter!”
2). PHOTOS OF NEAL & CAROLYN CASSADY’S DENVER
More photos up on Facebook, this time of a trip that John Cassady and I took to Denver back in 2004. You’ll see the high school Neal attended, the college Carolyn Cassady went to as well as the Colburn Hotel on Colfax where Neal met Carolyn on that famous night back in 1947. There are also pictures of My Brother’s Bar where Neal’s brother worked for a time and about which Neal wrote a famous letter while in reform school to Justin Brierly asking him to pay his bar tab.
Click here to see the photos on Facebook:
3). VISIT US ON YELP! WRITE A REVIEW IF YOU LIKE
Click below if you’d like to see what people are saying about us on Yelp! Also, if you use Yelp and you’re interested, you might consider writing a review about us.
4). AUDIO RECORDING OF HOWL AT REED COLLEGE IN FEBRUARY, 1956
This recording got a lot of press when it was first discovered in the archives of Reed College by John Suitor a few years back. It’s the earliest known recording of Howl. There are reports of an even earlier recording from 1955 here in San Francisco (not the Six Gallery Reading) but I have never heard it and don’t know where to find it. Give a listen, this recording was made prior to the publication of the book by City Lights and a year before the Howl Trial of 1957. Interesting moment at the end where Allen abruptly stops the reading, saying, “Is it OK if we stop here? I just don’t feel like reading anymore.”
Click here to listen:
5). TERMINALLY ILLIN’ – CANCER SURVIVOR’S COMIC BOOK PROJECT
Cancer is not a funny topic, but that doesn’t mean people who have survived cancer can’t be funny. My friend Jon Solo makes the T-shirts for The Beat Museum. We were recently talking about another project he’s involved in with a friend of his named Kaylin Marie, a comic book called Terminally Illin’, about Kaylin’s experience with two types of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma and Thyroid cancer.
I’ve got to admit, when Jon first told me about this project my initial reaction was, “Uh, Jon, you sure you wanna be making a comic book about cancer?” And then I saw the video they made. I realized we all deal with all aspects of our lives in our own unique ways and if Kaylin’s healing involves visualizing her cat as Rambo carrying a bazooka and helping her face down cancer head-on in a comic book she has every right to do that. And besides, what she’s created is pretty damned funny.
There’s only two weeks left to raise $8,500. They’re more than half way there. Click here to view Kaylin’s video and please consider making a donation to bring the comic book to fruition:
Thanks for supporting The Beat Museum and Kerouac.com, Here’s to a terrific 2011!
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