Joyce Johnson is the guest. She is the author of several books, the most recent of which is called The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, available now from Viking.

Kirkus calls it

An exemplary biography of the Beat icon and his development as a writer…Johnson [turns] a laser-sharp focus on Kerouac’s evolving ideas about language, fiction vs. truth and the role of the writer in his time…there’s plenty of life in these pages to fascinate casual readers, and Johnson is a sensitive but admirably objective biographer. A triumph of scholarship.

Also in this episode: Joshua Mohr, author of the novel Fight Song, now available from Soft Skull Press. Fight Song is the February selection of The TNB Book Club. Publishers Weekly calls it “an interesting mix of Charles Bukowski and Tom Robbins, with a cinematic heaping of the Coen brothers for good measure.”

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3 responses to “Other People: Episode 147 — 
Joyce Johnson”

  1. D.R. Haney says:

    Just to say so publicly, the “Other People with Brad Listi” interview with Joyce Johnson is my favorite of all the episodes of the series I’ve listened to so far. I love the part about the influence on Kerouac of Celine’s “Journey to the End of the Night,” my favorite novel (as well as Brad’s), and for once, we’re dealing a biographer who knew her subject well. I’ve read at least five biographies of Kerouac, and when I saw that yet another had been published, I thought, “Why bother?” But I now plan to read it because of this interview.

    • Yes, I also – predictably – enjoyed this one. I had the pleasure of interviewing Joyce for Beatdom a few months ago, and I would highly recommend her book.

      • D.R. Haney says:

        I liked her so much in this interview — much more so than I could’ve predicted. I regret now that I once missed the chance to see her speak — and maybe read from her work, too — in NYC a long time ago. At the time I was like, “Oh, Jack’s former girlfriend; who cares what she has to say?” What a dope I was!

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