“Any sentence is in itself an organization of experience … Any subject naturally rambles around by itself and to keep to it one has to ramble around after it.” — Gertrude Stein, in an interview. For the complete transcript of the interview, go here.
James Wechsler’s memoir is titled Reflections of an Angry Middle-Aged Editor. In one chapter, “The Age of Unthink,” Wechsler recalls a frustrating encounter with Jack Kerouac during a symposium on “the Beat generation” at Hunter College in 1958. Here is the text of the entire chapter.
Here’s the moment when Wechsler first encounters Kerouac: