About Eric D. Lehman

Eric D. Lehman is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and has previously published reviews, essays, fiction, and poetry in various journals, such as Hackwriters, Umbrella, Artistry of Life, Red River Review, Identity Theory, Entelechy, Switchback, and Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal. His book, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, was recently published by The History Press.

The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder Practice of the Wild

When someone comes up with a fresh and startling way of looking at our world, you can bet that it is drawn from a combination of sources, fields, and disciplines. ...{read more}

Review – Time Adjusters & Other Stories
by Bill Ectric

The modern fables that make up Bill Ectric’s new collection of stories, Time Adjusters, are difficult to classify, in the best way possible. ...{read more}

A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A Coney Island of the Mind - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I first found Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind while an undergraduate, finding the wry attacks on the established order refreshing and invigorating. ...{read more}

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

On the Road - Beyond Baroque / Flickr

“I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead.” This central character of Kerouac’s On the Road, Dean Moriarty, based on Kerouac’s friend Neal Cassady, embodies America, its criminal heart, its shuddering sex-crazed body, and its mad hobo soul. ...{read more}

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac Dharma Bums - VincentX - Flickr

I encountered The Dharma Bums for the first time in college, on a classmate’s shelf. She gushed about the book, but I was more interested in her roommate and didn’t pay enough attention. ...{read more}

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac - Big Sur

Big Sur is often ignored by critics and Kerouac fans alike. We all want the freedom of On the Road, the craziness of The Dharma Bums — the celebration of the Beat lifestyle. ...{read more}

Tristessa by Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac is primarily lauded for his keen understanding of male friendship. The female characters of On the Road or The Dharma Bums never really achieve the reader’s interest the way the males do. ...{read more}

Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac

Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac

Like a weird, mutated ogre muttering to himself by the roadside, Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody stands apart. As the author states in his short introduction, “I wanted a vertical metaphysical study of Cody’s character and its relationship to the general ‘America’.” He has done this and more, erecting teetering thousand-foot sculptures of brilliant scrap metal by the macadam highways and sundrenched fields of On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century). ...{read more}

Vanity of Duluoz by Jack Kerouac

Vanity of Duluoz - erikorama / flikr

When Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventurous Education, 1935-46 was written in 1967, an overweight and severely alcoholic Jack Kerouac had only two years to live. ...{read more}

Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac

Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac

Dr. Sax is one of Jack Kerouac’s most troubling books for readers, peering behind the curtain of his childhood rather than exploring those later years of Beats and bodhisattvas. ...{read more}