|Bisexual Neal Cassady|
Bisexual muse and demigod Neal Cassady was a complicated soul whose creative energies found release though an immoderate enthusiasm for sex, automobiles and drugs. His enduring aesthetic legacy was an incorrigibly hedonistic life that his friend Jack Kerouac and sometime lover Allen Ginsberg transmuted into art. To them, Cassady was a revelation, the consummate hipster-savant of The Beat Generation. He was celebrated by Kerouac as having “the tremendous energy of a new kind of American saint” but also a wanderer incapable of fulfilling his obligations as a husband and father of three.
Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Test described him this way: “Off to one side is a guy about 40 with a lot of muscles, as you can see because he has no shirt one -- just a pair of khakis ... and his hell of a build.”
Cassady's second wife, Carolyn, has stated that, “His genius mind absorbed every book he could find, whether literature, philosophy or science.” She met Cassady in 1946, and would leave the Beat group 2 years later, shortly after walking in on Neal, his current wife, LuAnne, and poet Allen Ginsberg in bed together. Five weeks after Carolyn's departure, Neal got an annulment from LuAnne and married Carolyn. She recalls him as "the archetype of the American Man.” (Cassady's sexual relationship with Ginsberg lasted off and on for the next 20 years.) Only 2 years later, Cassady entered into a bigamous marriage with Diane Hansen, a young model who was pregnant with his child.
Cassady’s compositional strengths were exuberance and a lack of discipline: “My prose has no individual style as such, but is rather an unspoken and still unexpressed groping toward the personal. There is something there that wants to come out; something of my own that must be said. Yet, perhaps, words are not the way for me.”