Reena gave us three sentences to ponder today, those being, “His thought process was on so many levels that he gave himself a phobia of heights.” “Random words in front of other random words create a random sentence” and “I come from a tribe of head-hunters, so I will never need a shrink.” This made me think about a flexible record of Neal Cassady babbling on about who knows what that was included inside of a Grateful Dead album that I bought. Neal was a fast-talking whirligig of a man who’d been the real-life inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road book. Neal was often shirtless and it seemed like he was always high on speed while he danced around to the music of the Grateful Dead. I have no idea what happened to that record and I only listened to it a few times, as it was mostly stoner psychobabble, that was not particularly coherent.
I am pretty sure that the stuff Neal Cassady said, probably made sense to him inside of his own mind, but for anyone else it must have been hard to follow along. I found a recording of Neal online, but I don’t think that it is the same one that I had. This one was included in The Dead Book: A Social History Of The Grateful Dead published in 1973 by Hank Harrison where Neal was at the grand opening of the Straight Theater in September 1967.
Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #162 – three obscure sentences which Reena says that we can build our piece on.