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The Birth of a Trilogy

August 31st, 2018 · 11 Comments · Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me



I never expected any of it.

A few years ago, a few people asked me on a Facebook group to tell them about a Kerouac gathering I was at back in 1982, and my response to the question became a book . . . in eleven days, it took.

A couple years later, original Merry Prankster George Walker and myself were batting around the idea of how the Beats begat the Pranksters, and it suddenly struck me, “This is a book — Do it as such” . . . and two weeks later we had the book for sale.

This past March, John Allen Cassady & I were talkin about doing some shows together — bringing his dad and Uncle Jack to life on stage — and suddenly it struck me I should write that book he and I joked about writing decades ago . . . and five months later to the day, I was proofing the first copy.

As Kerouac says, “My books are my children.”

And for me, not one of them were planned.

I had three accidents.  In a row.

All unexpected.  Not a single one had been in my mind the day before the birthing process began.  No “Great American Novel” contemplated.  No writing workshops or Go Fund Me’s.  Just a handful of Go Write Me’s.  And Bob’s your Hope — there they were — a stained glass triptych staring me in the face.

“Or no, wait.  There’s another word for it.  What is it?  Trifecta?  No.  Wait.  Trio?  No — that’s a musical combo.  Triad!  Or no — that’s a David Crosby song.  What the hell is it?  There’s some word for three books.  Trilogy!  That’s it!  Ha!”

Yes, yes — a trilogy!  Three connected books that all stand on their own as separate works, or can be experienced as an interconnected whole.  Yes!  Three books that have characters in common through multiple stories.  Yes!  Three books that are created around the same time, and especially if in sequence.  Yes!  Three books that are created with the same motivation, and done in the same style.  Yes!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!  Lord of the Rings!  The Nova Trilogy!  Oedipus!  Snopes!  Good company!

As unexpectedly as I stumbled into each of those individual births — I unexpectedly found out I’m the father of triplets!  🙂 



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You can get this one … .    here.


Or this one …..…… here.


Or this one….. ….. here.


Or here’s a great interview by British Beat & music writer Simon Warner about the creation of the book and writing prose like music.

Here’s what a bunch of people thought of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.

Here’s what a bunch of other people including original Merry Pranksters and Beats thought of The Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Here’s a wee excerpt from the new On The Road with Cassadys book.

Here’s an excerpt from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.

Here’s an excerpt from How The Beats Begat The Pranksters.

Here’s a bunch of recent interviews and press and stuff.

Here’s a ton of different live videos performing these various books and such.



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David Wills // Aug 31, 2018 at 9:31 PM


  • 2 Brian // Aug 31, 2018 at 11:51 PM

    Thanks for all the sculpting of the artwork, Michelangean David!

    It’s nice to see the triptych of the trilogy all in one place!

  • 3 George Walker // Sep 1, 2018 at 1:09 AM

    Congratulations! Love you, Bro! Hope to see you soon. 🙂

  • 4 Brian // Sep 1, 2018 at 2:23 AM

    Me, too! I hope you become Extremely Visible in about a month! 🙂

  • 5 Megan Reese // Sep 1, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    I Love all of this!!!!!

  • 6 Sloy & Nic // Sep 1, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Congratulations, Brian!

  • 7 Kim Marino // Sep 7, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Congrats Brian! That’s awesome!

  • 8 Sharon Heller // Sep 8, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Flashes of light, yayy!!

  • 9 PattyCake // Sep 8, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    Wow, good on you! Amazing.

  • 10 Mary Emmerick // Sep 9, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Good for you, Brian! Wish John Happy Birthday for me.

  • 11 Jerry Cimino // Sep 11, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Congratulations! There are very few people in the world who know as much about both The Beats and The Pranksters as you do, Brian. And we should know because we meet everybody!

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