Well my on-going challenge to see just how many books I can read at one time is in full swing this summer as I am currently halfway through probably a dozen books. One of the books I’m nearly finished reading is by Joyce Johnson, who was somewhat of a girlfriend of Kerouac’s. I say it that way because they didn’t seem to spend much time together as he was unable to stay in one place for too many days consecutively. The book called, “Door Wide Open” is a book of correspondence between the two and shows how truly conflicted and uncomfortable he was about his life and his newfound fame. He certainly wanted to be known and appreciated for the writing but at the same time, he was unnerved by the onslaught of attention and moved around a lot to keep that nervousness at bay. Of course I’d like to read Joyce’s books as well, but maybe that’s a bit much right now, you think?
Photo of Jack Kerouac & Joyce Johnson: Jerome Yulsman/Globe Photos