- Title Pages
- A Prologue
- Chapter 1 A Usable Past
- Chapter 2 The Magic of Words
- Chapter 3 Whatever World There Would Be
- Chapter 4 The Stale Bread of Dedication
- Chapter 5 A Weekend in July
- Chapter 6 A Kind of Beatness
- Chapter 7 Neal & Co.
- Chapter 8 This Particular Kind of Madness
- Chapter 9 Angelic Visions
- Chapter 10 In the Temple of the Gods
- Chapter 11 A Torrent of Words
- Chapter 12 The Liveitup Kid
- Chapter 13 Perfect Fools
- Chapter 14 The Rising Tide of Fame
- Chapter 15 What Am I Doing Here?
- Chapter 16 The Horn
- Chapter 17 Too-Late Words
- Chapter 18 A Sweet Attention
- Chapter 19 To the Edge of Eros
- Chapter 20 Gypsying
- Chapter 21 A Turn of the Circle
- Chapter 22 Gone in October
- Chapter 23 On a Porch in Boulder
- Chapter 24 Final Chorus
The Liveitup Kid
The Liveitup Kid
- (p.196) Chapter 12 The Liveitup Kid
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After feeling optimistic about the first draft of his novel Go, John Clellon Holmes found himself busy once again in the sea of rewriting in the spring of 1951. However, he momentarily lost the focus he needed to finish it and became increasingly unsure about how to begin. After reading Jack Kerouac’s scroll manuscript of On the Road, Holmes was at a loss on what to do next. With his manuscript at a standstill, he wrote several articles, two of which were published in the American Mercury. Kerouac was experiencing many of the same frustrations that Holmes was trying to deal with. He had to endure long, exhausting bouts of re-typing On the Road, and began to spend hours on what he considered a fresh start on his road book using a new way of writing prose that he called “sketching.” After finally completing the revision of Go, Holmes started a different series of journal entries, including one that was presented as an idea he had for the next novel he was planning to write.
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