David Hajdu tells us in Positively 4th Street that Fariņa had been
scheduled to write an essay for Esquire's annual College Issue before he died.
Upon Fariņa's death, the editor at
Esquire asked Thomas Pynchon to write an article on Fariņa to fill in the
scheduled slot, but Pynchon considered the idea exploitive. The editor then appealed
to Joan Baez, who wrote an affectionate essay on her memories of Fariņa. A tacky and non-sensical
title, "Introduction to
(and Conclusion of) of Future Hero," was probably added by Esquire and had
little to do with Baez's essay, which was a highly personal reminiscence far
removed from the cult status Fariņa attained briefly after his
death. The editors also added the breezy, mock-solemn blurb,
Folk singer, composer, dulcimer player, hippie and lyric dreamer, the epigram of his novel read, "I must soon quit the scene..." The tragedy is: he did.The article began with a flashy two-page spread, with a huge picture of Fariņa's head emitting comic-book style word balloons filled with soundbites from the novel. Unfortunately, Esquire was such a large magazine back in the sixties (13" by 10") that the pages wouldn't even fit on my scanner. To make matters worse, the huge picture of Fariņa's head is right in the middle of the spread, split by the spine of the magazine. So this is the best I can do:
A detail of the famous Fariņa head:
Incidentally, Esquire did finally get a Fariņa piece for their 1969 College Issue, a short story called "Ringing In The New Year In Happy Havana." For more information on the September 1969 issue, click here.
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