1. In my January 6 and January 11 posts I discussed the Hemingway archives at Finca Vigia which have recently become available. I wondered if Kerouac and Hemingway had ever conversed by letter and whether those archives might shed some light on that subject.
I wrote to the museum, and learned from the director, Ada Rosa Alfonso, that one would need to travel to Cuba to access the archives. Since then, she has written me back and told me that they searched the archives and found no references to Kerouac. How nice! I had no idea they were going to do that. Mystery solved.
2. December's free book winner, Ronid from India, posted the following on January 16:
I have received your beautiful book, the Beat handbook. I have been planning to make a short film on Beat Generation in India and your book will help me immensely. I'm still reading it and enjoying every word!
thank you; first, for writing this book and second, for giving me one.
lets keep the "beat" kicking! dig the ride
I'm hoping his film makes it as big as Slumdog Millionaire and the film credits mention The Beat Handbook! Hey - I can dream, can't I? You go, Ronid!
P.S. It's way gratifying to me to think that there is a copy of my book in India. It truly is a small world.
3. That same day, Jonny Darko suggested this article about On The Road in Kotori Magazine. Check it out!
4. Here's a blog where someone posted a February 28, 1974 interview with David Bowie and William Burroughs - interviewed together!
5. Sold another book on Amazon January 17. That makes 25 total. Not setting the world on fire, but it's something. Here's a breakdown of sales by month:
September = 8
October = 6
November = 3
December = 2
January = 6
Don't know what happened to the trend (but I'm glad it happened or January would likely have been a big fat ZERO). That's one thing that's difficult to figure out - why sales happen. Was there a stimulus in January? A specific blog post on The Daily Beat?
Yes, I've sold a few in person, too, but that's between me and the IRS.
Cash is a beautiful thing.