The truth may set you free, but finding the truth is like playing tennis. You don't get a hint of it until you've returned the volley about three or four times. The mainstream media counts on the masses never returning what's served up. Journalism today has become a caricature not unlike what Robert Lynd describes by saying "Research without an actively selective point of view is like the ditty bag of an idiot, filled with bits of pebbles, straw, feathers and other random hoardings."
Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Lucien and Kammerer: To the Early Bird Brain Comes the Worms
No Broke Back Mountain Or Was It?
by Winsip Custer CPW News Service
His mother, Marian Gratz Carr, came from a prominent St. Louis family as had her husband, Russell, and she was an inspiration to her son, Lucien Carr, who would become the glue that held the Beat Generation together. Among her son's friends were William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and David Kammerer, his English and Physical Education instructor at the Washington University in St. Louis.
Kammerer stalked Lucien throughout his life and his domination of young Lucien didn't end until Kammerer followed him from Phillips Exeter Academy to Bowdoin College to the University of Chicago. Lucien claimed and William S Burroughs believed that he never had sex with Kammerer and the lack of gratification may have fueled Kammerer's passion for Lucien. Dennis McNally, Jack Kerouac's biographer said of the relationship between Lucien and Kammerer..."Kammerer was a Doppelganger whose sexual desires Lucien would not satisfy." Marion Gratz Carr rescued her son from a tortured life at the University of Chicago and enrolled him in Columbia University in New York, but Kammerer resurfaced in New York and took an apartment a block away from Lucien's friend William S Burroughs. Lucien was reportedly a brilliant student of Lionell Trilling and he also befriended Allen Ginsberg who was living at the Union Theological Seminary dormitory on 122nd St.
Jack Kerouac with
On August 13, 1944 in hopes of being in Paris during the Allied liberation of the city, Kerouac and Lucien jumped a tramp steamer for the Trans-Atlantic voyage. Kicked off the boat the two men went to a New York bar and drank together then separated and walked home. At the bar Lucien and Jack had bumped into Kammerer who followed Lucien home through Riverside Park where he assaulted Lucien. Late to the liberation of Paris, he was prepared for his liberation from Kammerer. He pulled his Boy Scout knife from his St. Louis childhood and killed Kammerer, dumping his body in the Hudson River. He went to Burroughs' apartment and then to Kerouac's for advice and counsel. He got a lawyer, turned himself in and waited for the body to be recovered.
Lucien would serve two years for manslaughter and Kerouac would tell a fictional account of the experience in The Town and the City. Lucien eventually became the night news editor at United Press International, settled down and married Francesca Van Hartz and had three children, Simon, Caleb and Ethan. Caleb, a celebrated writer, is the author of The Alienist.
The following poem is believed to have been dedicated to Lucien.
Sero Sed Serio
by R. Carr
The early bird may get the worm.
But early to the battle
To the edge of the forward charge and challenge
To the foxhole or the berm,
May make of you a hero, a knight in shinning armor