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Patrick Fenton

Author Patrick Fenton and David Amram at the CD Release of "Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

Happy 78th Birthday David Amram!

You have seen him, make note of that, rushing
through the streets of Greenwich Village followed
by Jack Kerouac, in some lost year in the 50‘s. You
probably saw him in the Sunday morning of the old
Ninth Circle Bar, New York Times scattered on table
next to scrambled eggs and hot coffee and brown
bread, well read, jazz playing on the juke box. You
may have seen him over on Saint Mark’s Place heading down
toward Tompkin’s Square Park, some Fall afternoon when
you were young, or at the Kettle of Fish on McDougal
Street or at the 8th Street Book, store or at the Record Hunter,
or the original Five Spot on New York’s Bowery when it was
really the Bowery, or at the West End Bar. Oh you have seen him, make note of that, in the Lion’s Head with young McCourt, and Hamill and Deacy too, and dock worker writer, Joe Flaherty, and poet Joel Oppenheimer and Bob Dylan and Frank O’Hara and Gregory Corso and Norman Mailer and Al Aronowitz and Allen Ginsberg and James Baldwin and Dennis Duggan and Robert Frank and Herbert Hunke and Seymour Krim and Tuli Kupferberg and Charles Mingus and somewhere along the way, Willie Nelson and Pete Seeger, you have seen him, make note of that. Like Walt Whitman he’s been everywhere.

And whoever I missed, or are missed, yell down from the heavens to him real loud, Happy 78th Birthday DAVID AMRAM!

From Pat Fenton (and Patricia)


About the Author Writer, Author and Playwright, Patrick Fenton, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in the Irish working-class tenements of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick's Day, 1941.

As a writer, Fenton's stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Magazine and The Daily News. As a noted Kerouac scholar, Fenton's stories, "The Wizard of Ozone Park" and "Drinking With Jack Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar" are eclectic bookend perspectives of the great American author and his stories "Confessions of a Working Stiff" and "Stoopdreamer and Other Brooklyn Stories" a roadmap of his coming of age as a NYC Irish-American blue-collar Joe.

As a Playwright, Fenton's "Kerouac's Last Call" is a poignant look at Jack Kerouasc's last days in Newport, LI as he wrestled with his misconstrued career. Click Here To Learn More About "Kerouac's Last Call"

Now Playing on PRX!

"Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

News, New & Of Note! - "Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - The AudioPlay adaptation of the Patrick Fenton StagePlay, "Kerouac's Last Call" premiered April 2, 2008 on PRX - the Public Radio Exchange.

"Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."


Also Of Note . . .

Click Here To View Almost Home from
"Stoopdreamer & Other Brooklyn Stories"

Click Here To View Drinking a pint with Behan and Kerouac - A story by Patrick Fenton

Click Here To Read Going Home - Squaring the Irish Circle - A poem by Patrick Fenton


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