And if not the Beats in general, Ferlinghetti in particular is now definitely on my radar; at 97, he is embarking on his latest book, “To the Light House”; it “blends autobiography, fiction and surrealist riffs on mortality nature and consciousness. It’s the closest thing to a memoir that he’ll ever write,” Alexandra Alter reports in her recent New York Times article on Ferlinghetti and his 95 year-old publisher Sterling Lord.
I read the article almost a month ago, just as I was deciding to write my second book. I have no illusions about what a slog this will be, especially having been through the process in the mid-2000s. It will take over much of my life—not only writing it, but, as with the first, convincing someone other than myself to publish it.
But as I daily waver at the prospect, I consider Ferlinghetti—97 year-old Ferlinghetti—and know I have no choice but to proceed.
To read Alter’s article, click here: