A few posts ago I wrote of being inspired by Jack Kerouac, and here’s a photo from my travels in 1998 that I think is most reminiscently representative:
Now (double meaning wordplay: both me at 52 and at this moment),
come to think of it (using photo of Cassady looking like he’s thinking),
I think I’m more Neal Cassady!:
For homophobic people, I am and was inspired by Beat travel and writing, and the freedom they found, but which ultimately killed them. I pushed myself to the edge in travel, writing and booze.
Women v Booze: Sean Hughes
I didn’t know who Sean Hughes was when I read he’d died yesterday, at 51. I watched Never Mind the Buzzcocks a bit years ago, but hadn’t watched it for ages.
Reading his obituary this morning on MSN I related to him saying relationships hadn’t worked out for him, and he’d concentrated on his art – work.
That’s kind of the attitude I’ve had over the last decade, although as I’ve written, I’m open to offers from slim (size 8ish) beautiful feminine unattached women who really want to be with me, preferably blonde or brunette, with the goldlilocks age of 21-40.
I write the above as much to deter or prove wrong those women (and men) who don’t fall into that category, but try to make out I’m interested in them; often because they see me or share my space, however reluctantly on my part!
Sean Hughes died from cirrhosis of the liver, like Kerouac, showing that women can be a better option than booze for men; but I think only if they are well suited, otherwise they can be an inspiration to booze even more!
Reminding me that I used to joke I was a Battersby-Duckworth feminist, referring to Les Battersby and Jack Duckworth, the Coronation Street characters who were famous for being skiving house-husbands, and letting their wives do most of the work, thus being the biggest breadwinners of the family, in line with real feminist thinking.
It was only a joke though, and I don’t really want a wife like Janice or Vera, although I liked them as characters, and would probably like them as friends or workmates in real life, if they accepted me as a mate or colleague, and not an admirer.
Actresses, musicians or models… or even successful businesswomen… in the Goldilocks zone would be a different matter…
My photos are just to rehumanise me, after being dehumanised by polite society for becoming a doctor of philosophy from a chav background in Blighty. My books are my main reason for blogging, but I heard the Instagram bookshelf is the most important book-buying reason now, so thought I needed some more imagery!:
Marc Latham’s books are available on Amazon.