May 16, 2009

Kerouac + baseball

No post usurpation intended, but !!!!!
"Among other things, Mr. Gewirtz has learned that Kerouac played an early version of the baseball game in his backyard in Lowell, Mass., hitting a marble with a nail, or possibly a toothpick, and noting where it landed."
From a wild story about Kerouac in the New York Times.

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Blogger Chase said...

Wow. Good find.

This made me laugh:

"The horse-racing game was played by rolling marbles and a silver ball bearing down a tilted Parcheesi board, using a starting gate made of toothpicks. Apparently, the ball bearing traveled faster than the marbles, some of which were intentionally nicked to indicate equine fragility and mortality."

Also, some of those drawings remind me of Jack's uniform designs he made in his youth.

May 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Awesome. Kerouac actually talks about that in the introduction to (I think) Lonesome Traveler.

I really wish I could find those uniform designs.

May 16, 2009 at 1:32 PM 

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