I have been reading Sex, Drugs & Magick over the holiday weekend, and I've run into a bit that puzzles me.
In the "Interlude: Slouching Toward Bethlehem: The Story of Leonard" chapter, RAW writes about how he "left a good job in the city to work at slave wages on a small-town newspaper."
I'm having trouble fitting this with the known facts about RAW's life. "Small-town newspaper" doesn't really sound like A Way Out, the journal he edited after moving to rural Ohio, in the Yellow Springs area. Yet, I can't remember any other references to writing for a newspaper, and the references to a "small-town newspaper" in the quoted passage and 1-2 places in the chapter seem pretty specific.
I wrote to RAW biographer Prop Anon, and he's puzzling over that, too. "Trouble is RAW was not writing for any small town paper during that time," he told me. "He was moving around a lot and getting occasional pieces published in magazines." He wondered if Wilson "moved some facts around."
Maybe RAW was just referring to A Way Out in a rather poetic fashion, but being a newspaperman myself, I am curious about the passage. Can anyone weigh in?