Thursday, October 29, 2009
Booking Through Thursday
I'm a week late on this one. Oh well.
If you could ask your favorite author (alive or dead) one question … who would you ask, and what would the question be?
This one is easy. I would ask Jack Kerouac if he drank himself to death on purpose. This question has plagued me for years...almost a decade now. In the documentary What Happened to Kerouac, someone (I never remember who she is, but she was a friend of his) says that he told her that as a Catholic he couldn't kill himself, so he intended to drink himself to death. Which he succeeded at admirably. However, this woman is not included in any of his biographies - I've checked the indexes. And in general, the possibility that Jack was drinking with the intent to kill himself isn't even discussed. Did this person, whose novels exude an enthusiasm for life, commit a slow form of suicide on purpose, or was death just a consequence of drinking in order to escape the realities of what fame (or infamy) had brought him?