About Paul Maher Jr.

Paul Maher Jr. is the author of Kerouac: His Life and Work (2007), Jack Kerouac's American Journey (2007), and, with Stephanie Nikopoulos, Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. He is editor of Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac (2005). Paul is currently researching a new project for Southern Illinois University Press. You can connect with Paul via his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Excerpt from Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's On the Road

Editor’s note: Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is an accurate, up-to-date account of the development of Jack Kerouac’s groundbreaking 1957 novel, On the …{read more}

Love That Loves Us: The Two Loves of To the Wonder

To the Wonder

note: Here there be spoilers

By now it is cliche to label a Terrence Malick film a “visual poem,” but in the case of To The Wonder, that is …{read more}

Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac . . . reissued.

Empty Phantoms Kerouac Interviews

In 2005, Thunder’s Mouth Press published my collection of interviews with Jack Kerouac. It was titled Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac. Not long afterwards, the famed …{read more}

Addendum to “Lost Letter Found”

Kerouac - The Sea is My Brother

Here is an addendum to a previous article written for Empty Mirror. Herewith I will describe the contents of the “lost” letter in both the U.K. and U.S. trade editions …{read more}

from a novel-in-progress . . . .

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We backtracked from the northern path after losin’ our way, me n’ my brother, to Tempest County. We’d been on n’ indian trail for three days, movin’ by night, …{read more}

A “Lost” Letter Found . . . and “lost” again.

Kerouac - The Sea is My Brother

In the U.K. edition of Jack Kerouac’s 1945 novel, The Sea Is My Brother (Penguin 2011), there is an addendum of material meant to represent Jack Kerouac’s formative writing experience …{read more}

The Great Consciousness of Life

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Reaching in, pulling out. The great divide is conquered; and there lies an ever-evolving mission to extract meaning from chaos. This, then, is where it resides, the theater of the …{read more}

Terrence Malick, Badlands and Caril Fugate: An Interview

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Photos courtesy of Jeff McArthur (All Rights Reserved)

Jeff McArthur is the author of Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Fugate. Mr. McArthur’s grandfather, John C. McArthur, defended Caril …{read more}

Kerouac & An American Marriage

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(an excerpt from a work-in-progress)

In January 1945, Jack Kerouac set out to write his Great American Novel. His newly-drafted notes embraced the activities of the last four …{read more}

Are There Any Good Unpublished Kerouac Books Left?

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With the glut of books that thankfully made our way in the past 20 years or so, we now have (probably) just as many posthumous titles as those Kerouac published …{read more}