Lucien Carr, who died of cancer at the George Washington University Hospital in DC at 79, is known for a number of things. He was the handsome muse of the literary Beat Generation. He livened up dull parties at Columbia U by eating his beer glass and tearing pages out of the Bible. He came up with the idea for speed-typing buddy Jack Kerouac to feed a continuous roll of teletype paper into his typewriter so he didn’t have to keep stopping to put in new sheets while writing On the Road, thus ending up with a manuscript that was 119 feet long. As a teenager, he stabbed to death his friend and former scout leader who made homosexual advances toward him in a park, bound his hands and feet, and rolled him into the Hudson River, then turned himself in and served two years in prison. He’s the father of Caleb Carr, the author of the spectacular novel The Alienist.
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