August 7, 2013
Facebook Fauxlore: Kerouac, Burroughs, and a Fight Over the Oxford Comma That Never Was

Perhaps you’ve seen this plaque on the Internet. It’s been liked thousands of times on Facebook and passed around all kinds of social media networks.
Maybe you love it. You should love it, I would venture. I mean, could the story get any better? Two literary icons, getting wasted in the Lowell night, and brawling over the Oxford comma, that most loathed/loved grammatical affectation. (I support the comma, if you must know.)
But it’s not just the incident itself, but the aftermath: we imagine Burroughs grabbing the policemen’s pen, lucid as a shaman, and then plopping onto the grass, out cold.
AND THEN the good people of Lowell have the sense to preserve the artifact of the police report in the historical archives at the Mogan Center there in downtown Lowell.
It’s just too good.
And it is, in fact, too good.
Read more.

Facebook Fauxlore: Kerouac, Burroughs, and a Fight Over the Oxford Comma That Never Was

Perhaps you’ve seen this plaque on the Internet. It’s been liked thousands of times on Facebook and passed around all kinds of social media networks.

Maybe you love it. You should love it, I would venture. I mean, could the story get any better? Two literary icons, getting wasted in the Lowell night, and brawling over the Oxford comma, that most loathed/loved grammatical affectation. (I support the comma, if you must know.)

But it’s not just the incident itself, but the aftermath: we imagine Burroughs grabbing the policemen’s pen, lucid as a shaman, and then plopping onto the grass, out cold.

AND THEN the good people of Lowell have the sense to preserve the artifact of the police report in the historical archives at the Mogan Center there in downtown Lowell.

It’s just too good.

And it is, in fact, too good.

Read more.

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    Told you…never happened!
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    I LOVE the Oxford comma! This is awesome!
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