Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Alan Harrington

1918 -- Alan Harrington lives. He was with Jack Kerouac, Neal 
Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs & others at ground 
zero of what became the Beat Generation. (Harrington aka Hal 
Hingham in the later pages of On the Road.) Author of The 
Immortalist, most of his books are now out of print.  

    Alan traveled through other jungles & "despoblados," the 
    shadowy landscapes of the human mind peopled with
    psychopaths & drug users & sexual criminals. He was 
    convinced decades ago that psychopaths were the coming
    thing & soon would pass for normal. Anyone who has 
    noticed recent elections knows that Alan won that bet.

                        — Charles Bowden 

    "Hal lurked at the window [...] he heard clocks. They 
    were chiming  up & down the street.

             Altogether, it was fifty-six o'clock."

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