Saturday, March 10, 2012

Neal Cassady: The Denver Years & Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: Athair

A couple of items of interest: a new public television special, Neal Cassady: The Denver Years and a reading of Athair (Father) by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.   Enjoy.

my father saw
this same damn mountain...
winter seclusion
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Charles Gramlich said...

Afraid I have very little familiarity with Neal Cassady.

Ed Baker said...

He was Japhy Ryder's friend ...

but, in a fictive-sort-of way,
as Dean Moriarty in the other novel...

that whole group now worshiped as gods
have become Big Business .

Theresa Williams said...

Oh yes, Kerouac's pard!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

On the Road's the book, Charles - big biz, indeed.

Ed Baker said...

on the original which is the scroll which is stored
in the basement of the Lilly Library

JK used the real name.... Neal Cassidy

Jim Canary is care-taker of the scroll
which is owned by that guy who owns the Indianapolis basket-ball team....

Jim is an expert in Tibetan paper and Tibetan paper-making...
google him.... neat guy

TC said...


During my blighted period as a New York lower east side tribal hippie, hanging out with a weird little flock called The Group Image -- this would be the summer of '67 -- Neal showed up in town.

He was a bit frazzled around the edges at that stage, hard living had taken a toll on the engine. Ted Berrigan and I walked him around the city. The congregation ended up at WBAI, where freeform communal music was made in the studio. Neal and Ted made quite a pair, two nonstop talkers. To get a word in edgewise, in such company, impossible.


The gaping wordless hippies meanwhile left to finger the god's eyes and beads...

Those were the days (and nights).