The First Third by Neal Cassady

Neal Cassady; off page progenitor of Beat, Dean Moriarty or Cody Pomeray to Kerouac’s Sal Paradise et al, inspirer (and more) of Ginsberg and Howl, godfather of psychedelic counterculture and The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test... or so legend would have it, but could all that possibly be the truth? In The First Third, Cassady himself... Continue Reading →

Big Sur – The book and the movie

Much as I’ve done with a couple of other pieces of Beat writing, Howl and Naked Lunch, I thought I’d take a look at Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur in both its original and its filmic form. Much like Kerouac’s other works I’ve read (so far On The Road and The Dharma Bums) Big... Continue Reading →

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