The Diamond Noodle is a true " beat book" with, as Frank Zappa used to say, no "commercial potential". A great, personal book that has as charactersKerouac ( as J.), Gary Snyder, Neal Cassadyand Allen Ginsberg. They are refered to with intials and such and to those who don't know the history of the times, the uninitiated so to speak, the references to these ones might go unnoticed.. Whalen was a sweet, humorous, loving soul. His comments on Oregon, Jazz, nature, san francisco are unique perceptions of one who strived to live a harmless life. I have read it twice, once in 1981 after it came out and in 2008 and enjoyed it immensely. He just didnt care about the bullshit.
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