- 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
A Weekend in July
A Weekend in July
- (p.65) Chapter 5 A Weekend in July
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On the Fourth of July weekend in 1948, John Clellon Holmes met four people in New York City who would profoundly change his life: Jay Landesman, Gershon Legman, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. Landesman, an ambitious magazine publisher, was the editor and half-owner of the literary magazine, Neurotica, which had published Holmes’ first short story, “Tea for Two,” in its second issue. Legman, an idealist whose scrutiny was directed at American sexual mores, published sections of his book Love and Death, A Study in Censorship in Neurotica. Aside from Kerouac, Ginsberg became one of Holmes’ lifelong friends.
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