Nice shot (Cover, “Kerouac’s Scroll Travels to Indy,” June 25-July 2). There’s this issue with these people being viewed as prophets and icons of regeneration. The problem is, Neal Cassady, Jack K. Ginsberg, Burroughs, et. al ... they were thieves and junkies and fucked up criminals. They were not mentor material. Point blank. They were, except maybe Gregory Corso a passoff. A mess. Neal Cassady was a speed freak, and guess what?? Speed won. He died counting railroad ties in Mexico, some 60,000 of them. Exposure. That disease you die up on Mt. Everest from. There’s no point to that. A pointless waste. He had too many children, from too many abused women, and he supported none of them. Try doing that in 2008. Stop tripping. The Acid Test was a pathetic failure. So sorry to bust your bubble, even if your an Irsay. I guess it’s nice to have a rich fantasy life, but please don’t masturbate in public. These guys were losers. Their losses were well documented. Look at the way Jack K. died. Drunk. Loser. I’m so sorry.
posted by James Asher