Monday, May 30, 2011

Retracing the Road Trip in JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE

A group men in the their sixties, all diehard Beatles fans, recently took a road trip paralleling the trip taken by Lennon and his friends in John Lennon and the Mercy Stree Cafe. Without providing too much of a spoiler, the men retraced the path taken by Lennon as his station wagon, nicknamed the Big Ugly, travels back in time to a point when the ex Beatle meets legendary folk singer Woodie Guthrie before returning to New York City.

"We thought it would be a fitting tribute to Lennon," said Ed Diebold, a retired accountant. "I mean, we all knew that Lennon never actually made the trip, but it seemed like he did after we read the book. Everything about the journey felt right, as if we were doing something positive." Diebold was accompanied by three other men, all retired.

This kind of action is exactly what cult fiction does: it inspires people to do things that might have seem ludicrous otherwise. Analogously, many fathers and sons took motorcycle trips after the publication of Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance, another cult favorite.

This latest news is one more example of how cult fiction can grab hold of a reader's imagination and result in life-changing experiences.

Peace,
Cat

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