Magazine article The New Yorker

Kettle of Fish

Magazine article The New Yorker

Kettle of Fish

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Kettle of Fish

59 Christopher St. (212-414-2278)

At around 1 A.M. on an April night in 1958, Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso entered Kettle of Fish after a few drinks elsewhere in the Village. In the no-longer-happy-hour haze, an insult was made, or perceived, and Kerouac was surrounded outside and viciously beaten. Corso carried the bloodied writer to the door of Joyce Johnson, a novelist who was dating Kerouac, and she brought him to the hospital. Johnson recounts this story in her memoir, "Minor Characters"; on the book's cover, a healthier looking Kerouac stands by the Kettle's sign with Johnson, slightly blurry, behind him. The bar today is a different Kettle of Fish: it's relocated twice since the fifties, and is now known for its association with another movement with a cult following--the Green Bay Packers. On a recent Thursday night, cheeseheads lined up outside to get good seats for the game against the Chicago Bears, their longtime rivals. …

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