Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac (The Kerouac Centennial Edition, New & Revised) by Gerald Nicosia
It’s a question I’m addressing when reading through Gerald Nicosia’s Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, a book I (very favorably) reviewed back in 1983, when it was first published by Grove Press. I wrote at the time that it was the definitive biography of Kerouac, and I believe it today. Allen Ginsberg once remarked that the 1983 version was so realistic that it smelled like Kerouac, which invites the following question: How is the book better today? It was massive to begin with. Do we need more?