Jean-Louis played American football. He was good enough to be offered scholarships to Boston College, Notre Dame and Columbia University. He decided on Columbia University where he promptly broke a leg in his freshman year. The next year, he argued a lot with the coach who kept Jean-Louis benched most of the time.
Well, naturally, Jean-Louis didn't like sitting on the bench, so, he quit school and started hanging out with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke and William S. Burroghs.
Jean-Louis wrote first novel, The Sea Is My Brother, in 1942. He thought it was a "crock of shit" and didn't pursue publishing it. The book was eventually published in 2011 some 42 years after Jean-Louis' death and 70 years after he had written it.
San Francisco, California 2015
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