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Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson
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Jan 19, 2009

did not like it

This is not a Beat Memoir but rather a lonely girl (grown old) telling of being used by a man, who climbed his way up the publishing pole. It's monotonous and depressing. I recommend reading female Beat writers Elise Cowen (Ms. Johnson's "best friend" who was not fortunate enough to be given housing by her unlike Kerouac and killed herself). She was a talent. Also, read the works of Di Prima and Anne Waldman. Ignore this. It's gossip-for-cash and unworthy.
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Jon She was born in 1935 & the book came out in 1983. That's "old"...?!

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