Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tracing Neal Cassady's last footsteps in San Miguel de Allende

[San Miguel de Allende (Eneas via Flickr, Creative Commons]

Neal Cassady died in the middle of the night alongside the railroad tracks on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende after leaving a party. It's been said that he died of exposure, but the cause of death was never quite determined. Here's an intriguing read by novelist Peter Ferry exploring Neal Cassady's connection with that central Mexican town long after he passed away.

Searching for Neal Cassady in San Miguel de Allende

Travel Stories: Novelist Peter Ferry hunts down the ghost of the beatnik legend who inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg and so many others.

When I first get here, the only thing I know with certainty about Neal Cassady’s time in San Miguel de Allende is that he died ignominiously just outside of town in 1968. And although that tie is admittedly tenuous, it’s curious to me that people in this artists’ colony who are surely used to outcasts and iconoclasts seem reluctant to claim him. At least at first. Read full story >>

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