Tuesday, November 18, 2008

“And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks"

William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Photo by Ginsberg 1953

This book is mostly a curiosity long known to exist but withheld from publication for numerous reasons including the wishes of Lucien Carr himself. All the principles are dead so now it comes out. After reading the first half I wouldn't recommend it for any one's holiday shopping list but for fans it's worth checking out just to see their early styles.

2 comments:

Churlita said...

I'll probably check it out eventually. I've read almost every other beatnik book - both good and bad.

Dexter said...

There is also a recent one out by Kerouac's first wife. I loved Caroyln Cassidy's memoir OFF THE ROAD.