Editors and Translators;
recycled letter from the Russian translator
you so much for the letters. I like the way the world is being
re-described and re-defined in them; there is more of a one-man's-world
concept shared with billions. It gives more to the saying that
we have the world on our fingertips.
wired now and flowing in the stream of information, it is so
easy to feel the uniqueness of the world experienced. The infinite
multitude of worlds. The essence of linguo-reality, where an
object dematerialises turning into an expression. This is a
real Beat factor to me.
quilt of a world, led by mere chance and defined by particular
time, when the existence was sanctioned in a defined material
time slot. Immortality as a natural, the only form of existence.
A bunch of facts, feelings, soul vortices, all tied with a will
Beat is to be seen as an American invention, then it is a freedom
jazz played in the dissolving western civilization. It is the
same honour stuff like the notorious orchestra of the Titanic.
watched "Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in 1980s in Russia.
Authorities thought the film had an anti-American clang and
Visions of Cody is one of Kerouac's most mysterious books. It
is much more complex and has many strange narrative devices.
This book is more like my stuff. Kerouac was now reaching for
greatness. Cody is of course Neil Cassady who is Dean Moriarty
in On the Road. Very much a Jim figure, but much more hyper-active
and less educated. Cody is the holy goof-ball. I wanted Jim
to be my holy goof-ball, but it didn't work. There was too much
darkness. The same with Cassidy. He was found dead near some
railroad tracks in Mexico. An apparant drug-overdose. Cassidy
is such a critical American figure. Not only did he start the
Beat Revolution with Kerouac and Ginsberg, but also the Hippie
revolution with Ken Kesey in San Fransisco. Ken Kesey wrote
" Over the Cuckoo's Nest. " and began turning people
on with Cassidy's help into LSD. This was too much for Kerouac.
He supported the Vietnam war and was anti-Hippie. Kerouac also
broke with Ginsberg and died a drunk's death. The white stress
turned into a strange inner black stress. Harvest is an anti-On
The Road book and I'm sure you feel this in Forty Immutable
just finished editing the last piece. Of course it'll take a
couple of more weeks for the final polishing of all three books.
Now the last question. There is the whole paragraph consisting
of book titles. Some of them I know but I would like to know
the authors of the underlined ones, please. If they are book
HOWL AND KADDISH AND MIND BREATHES; I CAN SEE PLANET NEWS AND
PLUTONIUM ODE, ALSO REALITY SANDWICHES, AND IT'S THE FALL OF
AMERICA AND INDIAN JOURNALS; I CAN SEE ON THE ROAD AND SOME
OF THE DHARMA, AND IT'S MEXICO CITY BLUES AND DR. SAX; IT'S
THE SUBTERRANEANS AND NOW THE DHARMA BUMS; IT'S ALSO DESOLATION
ANGELS AND ITS BIG SUR, AND IT'S THE BOOK OF BLUES AND THE LONESOME
TRAVELER, AND IT'S SATORI IN PARIS AND ALSO THE BOOK OF DREAMS;
IT'S PIC AND ALSO VISIONS OF CODY, AND IT'S VISIONS OF GERARD.