Levi remembers Neal Cassady on the 40th anniversary of the man's death by a railroad track in Mexico:
I don't like living in the past either, but I'll make an exception for Neal Cassady, because he has always been one of my very favorite Beat Generation figures. Some of the very first articles published on Literary Kicks were about the connected careers of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, the Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey, and probably the very first exciting and impressive thing that happened to me after launching LitKicks was that I was put into contact with Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, who had circulated a short article about the origin of the Grateful Dead song "Cassidy" online. I asked if I could give the piece a home on LitKicks, he happily agreed, and you can still read his excellent piece about "Cassidy" and Cassady here.
Be sure to stop by and read Levi's interview with Carolyn Cassady. Great stuff.
Below is a short video (part of Jerry Aronson's Allen Ginsberg documentary) of Cassady at a City Lights Bookstore appearance with Ginsberg.