Posts tagged ‘big sur’

July 15, 2010

One Fast Move Or I’m Gone

The Henry Miller Library is holding “The Event of The Season” this August 14th, with a screening of the movie One Fast Move or I’m Gone and a concert by Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard.

The movie features Tom Waits, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Patti Smith, and was largely filmed in and around Big Sur. The event will be catered by Grapes of Wrath Catering – which is owned by a former neighbour of Kerouac during his time at Big Sur.

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April 20, 2010

Alene Lee

One of the great mysteries of the Beat Generation is that of Alene Lee. She is, or rather, was, an enigma. Jack Kerouac wrote about her (as Mardou Fox in The Subterraneans and Irene May in Book of Dreams and Big Sur) but the depictions he gave weren’t particularly accurate.

Lee guarded her privacy and so for many years little has been known about her. A few photographs exist, and there are some references to her in a few books (with nothing in the books specifically regarding the women of the Beat Generation), but not a lot was known until recently.

In Beatdom #4 Steven O’Sullivan wrote a fantastic essay about her, after doing some extensive research. You can read that essay here for free.

After reading the essay, Lee’s daughter contacted Beatdom and offered us some never-before read work: An essay about the life of Alene Lee, some excerpts from the writings of Alene Lee, and an entire short story by Alene Lee.

These were all published in the sixth issue of Beatdom, and comprise the largest published collection of Alene Lee material anywhere in the world.

You can read all of this in the most recent issue of the magazine, available for free here.