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Kerouac's Scroll by Charles Deemer

Kerouac's Scroll
By Charles Deemer

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Hooker and Bear, best friends for 60 years, take a road trip on which each reveals a secret that changes the last acts of their lives.


I often think about Red Hooker. A man is not your closest friend for half a century without becoming a kind of spiritual appendage, a silent accomplice to everything you feel and do. We’d gone through  significant deaths together (our parents) and five marriages and divorces (his advantage, 3-2). Even though we’d never lived in the same city until recently, we’d kept in constant contact on the phone and in letters from the day I got discharged from the Army shortly before him in 1959. We’d both served as Russian linguists in the Army Security Agency at the height of the Cold War.

Hooker and I regarded one another as brothers and were far closer than he was to his biological sibling. It...
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