Speaking of Jack Kerouac, On the Road, and the Beats…
Yes, I was. Last month. Weren’t you here for this part?
Speaking of Jack Kerouac, On the Road, and the Beats, there’s another movie in the works featuring characters based on Kerouac and his friends, only they’re called by their real names and the story is true. It’s called Kill Your Darlings and the story it tells is of a murder committed by one of their gang when Kerouac, Ginsberg, and William Burroughs were students together at Columbia:
THE scene of the crime, Riverside Park at the foot of West 115th Street, is in full spring bloom, carpeted in the butter-colored flowers of lesser celandine. It was here 68 years ago, on a slope descending to the moonlit Hudson River, that Lucien Carr, 19, the Beat Generation’s charismatic, callow swami, buried a knife in the heart of David Kammerer, 33, his besotted, dauntless hometown stalker.
Carr is often characterized as muse to the Beats, but he was more than that. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were acolytes, captivated by Carr’s profane rants about bourgeois culture and the path to transcendence through pure creative expression — his “New Vision,” after “A Vision” by Yeats.
Carr’s “honor slaying” of Kammerer, as The Daily News called it, served as an emotional fulcrum for the group a decade before Kerouac, Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs published their seminal works; the violent death in their midst lent credibility to the tortured-soul narrative they yearned for.
Interesting article in the New York Times giving background to the story and touring the Columbia neighborhood to find places where the group hung out: Where Death Shaped the Beats.
Check out the slideshow that goes with the Times’ story too.
Sounds like it might be a good movie. Carr and Kammerer appear to be the main characters but Ginsberg is important enough to rate being played by this guy:
I wouldn’t have seen it until I saw it, but it looks like it’ll work.
Another case of Ginsberg being played by a movie star far handsomer than he ever was---and he was kind of handsome when he was young---still somehow managing to look like him. The other case is James Franco in Howl.
I haven’t seen Beat which features Ron Livingston as Ginsberg.
There’s a movie from 1980, Heart Beat, starring John Heard as Kerouac, Nick Nolte as Neal Cassidy, and Sissy Spacek as Carolyn Cassidy and in that one Ray Sharkey played Ginsberg, except that he was called Ira because Ginsberg was still alive to sue.
What strikes me as funny and perfect, however, is that in Kill Your Darlings Ginsberg’s father is played by David Cross and I’ve always thought Cross really does look a lot like Ginsberg.
You don’t see it?
No? Maybe it’s just me.