Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Terrible Book Blurb of the Day Posted by Alex Snider

Just stay in the background, Joyce, supporting your 'artist mate'
From Minor Characters, Joyce Johnson's memoir of the years 1957-1959 when she dated Jack Kerouac and was enmeshed in the world of the Beats:

She has made them all seem fresh here -- the innocence, the yearning, and the belief in the 'therapeutic properties of art.' She has brought to brief life in her pages not only a younger Kerouac and Ginsberg but also Neal Cassady, William Burroughs, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso and the various remarkable, sometimes tragic women who didn't mind supporting their artist mates because 'they had no important creative endeavors to be distracted from' or if they did mind 'they never said -- not until years later.'    -- The New York Times

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