Dharma Beat Issue 11 (Fall 1998). Attila Gyenis, Jack Kerouac.
Dharma Beat Issue 11 (Fall 1998)

Dharma Beat Issue 11 (Fall 1998)

Lowell, MA: Dharma Beat, 1998. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Thirty dollars. The figure stands out to me. That's how much money Jack Kerouac needed, to buy a Greyhound bus ticket from Orlando [Florida] to New York. It was summer of 1957. Though he'd already written more than a million words by his own count, Kerouac had very little fame to show for it, and practically no money. His girlfriend at that time, Joyce Johnson, thought Kerouac should be in New York for the publication of 'On the Road.' She wired him the money. Thirty bucks and one bus ride to the Big Apple later, Kerouac became world-famous. Weeks went by and soon he couldn't handle being the new media darling of the day. By October, he was back in his non air-conditioned Orlando cottage, writing and generally laying low. Forty-one years later, an Ohio businessman (who's name has not yet been publicly announced) is in the process of giving our group $50,000 worth of stock in his company. The donation will go a long way toward helping save that single-story, wood-frame cottage where Kerouac lived a so-called 'hideaway life' here in Orlando. For better or worse, it's the last place Kerouac ever lived as a nobody writer from Lowell, Massachusetts." (from "Kerouac Writers House / Orlando's First Literary Landmark" by Bob Kealing, Pg. 5). Offered here is the Fall 1998 Issue of Dharma Beat Magazine, the Beat-themed publication helmed by editor Attila Gyenis of both Dharma Beat & the "Jack Kerouac Subterranean Information Society." In addition to the above-quoted piece by Bob Kealing, Issue No. 11 also includes a list of prime Spanish translations of Kerouac's work gathered by Xavier Anguera; a short piece by Gyenis titled "POET LAUREATE" focused on the inimitable founder of City Lights Books, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021) beside the original Associated Press article announcing Ferlinghetti's recent (August 1998) crowning as the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco; a book review (by Bill Gargan) of Ellis Amburn's "Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac"; a list of "Upcoming Books" on the Beats, followed by perhaps the most intriguing part of the issue, the "Meeting Jack Kerouac...a Miscellany of First Encounters," compiled by Dana Cook. This section includes the notorious anecdote from Gore Vidal in which he claims (his claim, to our knowledge, has never been proven false) to have "fucked" Kerouac in 1949 after an outing at the Metropolitan Opera House arranged by an unnamed alcoholic writer who (Gore claims) "...paid both Jack and Jack's beloved nemesis, Neal Cassady, for sex." Magazine in stapled wrappers, the first and only printing of this Kerouac-focused periodical. As is the case with another key Kerouac-focused periodical, “Moody Street Irregulars” (search “Moody Street Irregulars” in the Search Engine on the Third Mind Books site to browse our MSI holdings), this is yet another comparatively fragile piece of Kerouaciana that has weathered the years well. Magazine in very fine condition with shelf-wear to fine-edges; original, yellow subscription slip at interior unblemished and intact. Very Fine. [Item #4772]

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