Wild Ones: Natalie Jackson & The Usual Suspects

Neal Cassady was the central figure in the Beat Generation--the hero of On the Road and the Adonis of Denver, as Jack Kerouac called him; and Natalie Jackson was his lady--or one of them anyway. She was a Kerouac character in Dharma Bums, and Natalie's death in a rooftop accident or suicide has long been a mystery. Now Beat scholar Jonah Raskin sheds new light on Natalie Jackson's shadowy life and death in San Francisco of the early 1950s. American Legends Publishing, 30 pg. Illustrations, $1.00