Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kerouac is everywhere

Jack's name shows up even in the most unexpected places, like The Huffington Post (click here).


Larry Vickers said...

Rick, I hope your public exploitation of Kerouac's artistry is it's own reward. In a recent blog you accused me of authoring a book on Kerouac, indicating you should do a better job of fact checking before you publish. John Montgomery wrote the book you mention, my part was so minor as to simply earn me a couple of complimentary copies. What I do admit to is, like Jack McClintock, having profited from time spent with Kerouac and at The Wild Boar. In the 70s I had journalistic ambitions and saw the whole of my adventures as fodder for exploitation. As it became clear that my words were relatively value-less I decided to stop flogging a dead horse. The tavern burned down (some think it was arson by the police), Kerouac passed into his deserved high ranks in the American pantheon and life went on, some genuine things. You have learned to promote your recycled literary exploitations with a modern blog, very cool, but if you aren't any more accurate at what you include as factual in your books for profit than in your blog, bad news.

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


I apologize for my error. I am usually quite careful about such things, and it disturbs me that I was careless in my September 3 post. But I was. I will amend my blog to reflect that you wrote a piece called "Jack Kerouac-End of the Road" that was included in the book edited by John Montgomery's.

It sounds like you're pissed at me for exploiting Jack's artistry. Based on my profit and loss figures on the book and the blog, there is no fiscal exploitation going on here at all, nor will there ever be. At this rate it would take thousands of years to break even.

And it was never my intent to "exploit" Jack's artistry. My book was a tribute to him, as is this blog. If anything, my blog and book have increased sales of his books, not detracted from them. Sometimes when I give people a copy of my book I also give them copies of On The Road and The Dharma Bums. I think anyone who reads my blog regularly would defend me as a 100% Kerouac fan. If you don't see it that way, we'll just have to disagree.

You knew Jack and I think that is fantastic and something to be honored.

So I salute you and thank you for your feedback and hold no hard feelings.

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

Larry, I've corrected the post ( I hope I've gotten it right this time. I'm sure you'll let me know if I haven't.