Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Today's post is all about me. It's my birthday!

If you go to Brainy History, you'll see that nothing too spectacular seems to have happened on this date in history.

Well, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball on this date in 1951. I imagine that Jack Kerouac paid attention to that news, given his love of baseball.

From Douglas Brinkley's Windblown World, below is Jack's journal entry from December 11, 1947 (referencing his work on The Town and the City):

At 5 A.M. wrote 1500-words. Spent most of the night typing and re-working 3,000 words in the manuscript, and thinking of the structures. The world is a structure of souls, nein? And so on --

I have now officially outlived Jack by 6 years. However, life expectancy when Jack was born was around 57 years. For my birth year - 1955 - it was about 69. So Jack fell short of his life expectancy by about 10 years. I'm not trying to emulate Jack in this regard! That would only give me about 6 more years this go-around.

Oh-kay, enough morbid talk.

What do I want for my birthday? Well, Jack Kerouac books are always a winner. Books of any kind, in fact, as The Beat Handbook points out, make excellent gifts.

Speaking of my book, a fantastic gift would be for you to go to Amazon today and purchase one (or several)! Or, if you already own my book, a 5-star review on Amazon would be Kerouac-tastic! Or, give this blog a thumbs-up on Stumble (and a positive review). Or, I'd be equally thrilled with a happy birthday posting right here on Blogger. Your choice!

Happy Birthday to me! 53 years young today.


Crystal said...

Happy Birthday, Baby! I already have a copy of The Beat Handbook and I've already posted a 5 star review of it on Amazon, so I guess that leaves a happy birthday posting here. May your 53rd year be all that you wish it to be! You are unique to me in all the world!

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

Thanks, baby. YAUTMIATW, too!

cody taylor said...

Happy Birthday. Go, Go, Go and burn bright.

Ás del Fogo said...

happy birthday man!!!
my name´s joão, i´am from brazil and have a blog that told a immaginaries dates between jack and anothers starsistems...
so, the only problem is that text is in portuguese...
the blog´s name is LET IT BEATNIK

rory said...

Incredible. We share a day of birth.

although not a date, of birth.

Did you realize in your ponderings of the 23 enigma that 12-11, or 12+11=23


CHiggity check.

to the beat of a different beat.

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

12 + 11 = 23! Far out! Happy belated birthday to you, rory.