Hank and Neal...a Crazy Ride. Jean-Francois Duval, Charles; Cassady Bukowski, Neal.
Hank and Neal...a Crazy Ride
Hank and Neal...a Crazy Ride

Hank and Neal...a Crazy Ride

Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, 2017. Numbered Limited Edition (#48/125). Stapled Wrappers. Perhaps some Beat enthusiasts are aware of the late meeting between mythmaking Beat "hero" Neal Cassady and the enigmatic poet Charles Bukowski--a meeting that took place in the beginning of 1968. Bukowski crossed Cassady's path in the offices of John Bryan's "Open City" in Los Angeles, were Bukowski had his weekly column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man." The two quickly bonded over beer slugging and exchanged "parrying" words; Bukowski seemingly determined to act on this chance to play a part in the Beat legend. Duval does an excellent job relating not only what happened when these two giants spent time together, but also casts commentary on Cassady's biography, psychology and the common threads that run through the work of Bukowski and the Beats (he has written an entire book on this subject; this essay is an additional response to the backlash he received from readers who disagreed with Duval and instead argued Bukowski to be free of major Beat influence). To strengthen this position, he even includes corroborating statements from Anne Waldman on the cultural links between Bukowski and the Beats. The result is an intriguing and well-written essay that not only truthfully relates a classic anecdote in Beat lore (and perhaps Cassady's last major escapade with a literary great) but is a must-read for anyone interested in the relation between Bukowski and the Beat Generation. Book in very fine condition with only the slightest rubbing to leftmost fine-edge of front cover; top right hand corner of same (as issued). Very Fine. [Item #3013]

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