Becoming Jill Kerouac

Jill Kerouac

It all started with the word. Not THAT word. But a word — or a string of words, rather — that struck me: As a freshly-minted English major with a semester’s study abroad, a few recreational trips to Central America and a wealth of weekend road-trips under her belt, McKinney’s point hit home. Where were […]

Celebrating Allen Ginsberg’s birthday with a few videos

Allen Ginsberg

In honor of Allen Ginsberg’s birthday (June 3, 1926), we’ve gathered a few videos together. We’ve got some poetry for you, a chant, and an interview or two. What are your favorite Ginsberg recordings? Please leave a comment below! Allen Ginsberg leads a chant in Chicago, 1968 ahead of the Democratic National Convention Hey, you […]

Review – Alleycats and Beatsters: The Hip, the Gone, and the Way Gone

How Hip Was My Alley by Kenton Crowther

Alleycats and Beatsters, a collection of essays by British writer Kenton Crowther, explores what it means to be Beat, the nature of hipness, and the poets, writers and hipsters who orbited the Beats, either closely or from a distance. This isn’t a series of formal essays, but rather Crowther’s considered thoughts and opinions based on […]

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 publishing house was bought out by DaCapo Press and the book was out a few years later. To fund the documentary I have planned on Jack […]

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 of The Sea is My Brother so that you may fill in a hole in the narrative of the book. As I read through the […]

How Kerouac’s haiku changed my life

Kerouac Book of Haikus - collage by EmptyMirrorBooks.com

When I was twenty-two, I was lucky enough to be the only South African on an American college campus, studying Creative Writing and trying to figure out what to do with my life (along with every other college student, it seems). One chilly Fall day, I signed up for a course that unwittingly changed my […]

A “lost” Jack Kerouac 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 during the early to mid-1940s. The thrust of this formative experience, according to this added text, hinged on Kerouac’s sporadic friendship with Sebastian Sampas. Never mind […]

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 soul and the heart. In rewriting my biography of Jack Kerouac, I found that the only way to revisit that book once again was to […]

4 terrific Gregory Corso videos

from the video "Gregory Corso Walks & Talks in Rome, " Dario Bellini / YouTube

In honor of Gregory Corso’s birthday (he was born March 26, 1930), we’ve collected some videos of him. Check ‘em out. 1. & 2. Gregory Corso Walks and Talks in Roma, 1989 “Two weeks with Gregory during one of his long stays in Roma, with Michael Sullivan, Francis Kuipers, Adriano Gangi, Mimmo Cioffarelli, Dario Bellini […]

In honor of Jack’s birthday: 4 Kerouac Videos

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In honor of Jack Kerouac’s birthday (March 12), here are some videos to enjoy. 1. Kerouac & friends in New York “Silent footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and others in New York, Summer 1959. The location is in and around the Harmony Bar & Restaurant at E 9th St. and 3rd Ave. […]