Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal. Steve Silberman, Philip Whalen.
Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal
Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal
Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal

Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal

Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2020. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. "In early May 1993, I got a call from Michael Wenger at San Francisco Zen Center. He told me that Philip Whalen needed someone to help him perform daily tasks, answer mail, take him shopping, and so on. I had reservations because my life is in a state of upheaval...I went to visit Philip in his room at Hartford Street Zen Center on May 14. We talked for a bit about the terms of the job, my reservations, etc. As I sat in front of him explaining, it occurred to me that I was the perfect person for the job...I decided to go along with the job, not only to help Philip, but also as a selfish act that might prove good salt for my soul." (from preface) A journal-diary by Steve Silberman, an author who conducted several published interviews with Allen Ginsberg, which describes his experiences in the company of Philip Whalen (1923-2002), the great American Beat Generation/ San Francisco Renaissance poet & Zen Buddhist monk. Silberman's entries are dated from May 14- September 7, 1993; with a poignant Postscript dated June 27, 2002- the day after Whalen died, & Silberman visited the hospice where his body lay. Silberman keenly listened to & observed Whalen, & has recorded here many fascinating & profound anecdotes that of course include memories of the Beat Generation & its primary figures at their height. With several reproductions of vintage photographs of Whalen & Co. taken in that heyday. A special production of Kevin Ring's Beat Scene Press, large-format chapbook in stapled wrappers. One of 125 hand-numbered copies published in November 2020 per colophon, this is copy No. 42/125. An outstanding & most insightful Whalen-related collectible; an instant rarity in this very special series. In very fine, all but as-new condition with only very slight rubbing & thin, short creasing to front, back covers & esp. stapled spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4348]

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