Songs for the Struggling Artist


Rejection and The Beats

For a while there, in my youth, I was obsessed with the Beat Poets. My preference was for Ferlinghetti but I finally read Kerouac before I went to college. I taped a paragraph from On the Road to my dorm room wall. (This whole Beat thing MAY have been inspired by an incredible children’s book called Suzuki Beane which features a hip child beat poet. Or maybe not.)

My Dad knew I was into the Beats so he gave me a copy of Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson, one-time girlfriend of Kerouac. This book changed everything. I realized who was missing from the whole Beat conversation and who had been included and who had not. I stopped finding the Beats so sexy and found them more sexist. And so, began a lifetime of making work that focused on women’s stories. To go from being Minor Characters to Major. Thank you, Joyce Johnson.

But since there isn’t a Joyce Johnson Minor Characters residency, I had to apply to her ex-boyfriend’s house residency instead. The Kerouac House declined to accept me again.

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Millay and Kerouac Rejections
February 9, 2016, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Rejections, writing | Tags: , ,

I learned a lot about Edna St. Vincent Millay on the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. She was one kick-ass lady and her unconventional extraordinary life is an inspiration for us unconventional artists. So I decided to apply for the residency at her house because I could use that sort of inspiration, to get a little closer to her kind of quiet crazy.

I didn’t get in, though – so I’ll have to make my own unconventional life, I guess.

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Meanwhile, Jack Kerouac had a house in Orlando, of all places, which they give to writers to write in sometimes.

I have a hard time imagining Kerouac in Orlando so I applied for the residency because I wanted to experience that for myself.

I’m not very Kerouacy though, so I’m not surprised that I didn’t get it. I’m much more Joyce Johnson than Kerouac – though I definitely got a big dose of inspiration from him in my early years.

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