“Danger is a biological necessity for men like sleep and dreams. If you face death, for that time, for the period of direct confrontation, you are immortal. For the Western middle-classes, danger is a rarity. It erupts only with a sudden random shock. And yet we are all in danger at all times, since our death exists: Mektoub, it is written, waiting to present the aspect of surprised recognition. Is there a technique for confronting death without immediate physical danger? Can one reach the Western Lands without physical death? These are the questions that Hassan i Sabbah asked.”
You’ve all read The Western Lands ?
Keeping up the rock n roll connection, don’t miss this –
Here’s William reading and being interviewed (from 1983 cable tv)
Interviewer (Daniel Richler): Last night’s audience was quite young. I expected to see more of your contemporaries or the people that were reading you in the ‘Fifties and ‘Sixties in evidence and they were not. How do you feel about that?
WSB: Ah, well, many of them are dead, of course. The cemetery is full of my contemporaries.
Jack Kerouac – Here’s a video interview with Kerouac scholar, John J Dorfner. (from the short film “A Beatific Soul” by Franki Grigioni) (See also “John J Dorfner on Jack Kerouac’s Induction into the Rocky Mount Hall of Fame” – (Jack Kerouac in North Carolina) – here)
and Jack Kerouac in Lowell, Mass – keep the date open for the annual celebration – the weekend of Friday, October 11. David Amram, alongside many others, will be there, and there’ll be a number of events in honor of, and celebration of, both the city and the man.
And observation, this year, of the 50th anniversary (October 21st) of Kerouac’s passing.
Lowell also celebrates the following weekend – The Town and the City Festival (named, of course, after the 1950 novel), ‘”celebrating the spirit of Jack Kerouac”, as the organizers deftly point out, “in direct and indirect ways” – “inspired by the creativity and exploration for which the author was so famously known” – creative, exploratory, and more.