The Awakener – New memoir about Jack Kerouac


New memoir about Jack Kerouac and life in Greenwich Village in the late 50s and early 60s…

“Weaver—immortalized in Kerouac’s Desolation Angels as Ruth Heaper—writes this book ‘as an act of atonement’ to Kerouac: ‘I rejected him for the same reason America rejected him: he woke us up in the middle of the night in the long dream of the fifties. He interfered with our sleep.’”

Front cover photograph: Jack Kerouac and Helen Weaver in Greenwich Village, ca. 1963. Photographer unknown.

via City Lights

Excerpt (PDF)

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