Saturday, April 18, 2015


Funeral Wishes of Philip Whalen

Tony Perry, "Philip Whalen, 78; Zen Priest, Mentor Among Beat Poets," Los Angeles Times (June 28, 2002):
Poet-editor Gary Gach said Whalen maintained his wit and self-deprecating style even when he knew death was imminent. When a friend asked him whether he wanted a milkshake, he replied, "No, I'd like what they gave Socrates."

And when friends grew morose at the thought of his passing, he joked about his funeral: "I'd like to be laid on a bed of frozen raspberries."
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