Moody Street Irregulars

Jack Kerouac

Moody Street Irregulars (subtitled ‘A Jack Kerouac Newsletter’) was an American publication dedicated to the history and the cultural influences of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Edited and published by Joy Walsh, it featured articles, memoirs, reviews and poetry. Published from Clarence Center, New York, it had a run of 28 issues from Winter 1978 to 1992. The title of the publication derives from the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street urchins often employed by Sherlock Holmes in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The magazine’s approach is indicated by the contents of issue number 9 (1981), a special ‘Vanity of Duluoz’ (Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel) issue including essays and articles by Gregory Stephenson, John Clellon Holmes, Carolyn Cassady, plus an interview with William S. Burroughs by Jennie Skerl. Issue number 11 (Spring/Summer 1982) was a special ‘French Connection’  issue, featuring articles and essays about Kerouac, his French-Canadian ancestry and his popularity in Quebec.

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