Paul Maher Jr. considers Kerouac’s Haunted Life

The Haunted Life and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

The Haunted Life and Other Writings / Da Capo Press / March 11, 2014 / 208 pp. Seventy years ago, in May 1944, Jack Kerouac toiled over a novella-length work set in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was written at the prompting of his two newest friends, the mischievous nihilist Lucien Carr and the budding poet, Allen […]

At the Carnival of Drunken Poets

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I ran into Kerouac at the carnival where those just dead meet those about to be reborn. He and I have wandered through the zodiac again and again, like prodigal suns. Both of us enter this carnival under the 13th sign, which is the sign of Drunkenness, in the house of Lilith, with Coyote rising, […]

Kerouac Before the Jazz: a review of “The Haunted Life”

The Haunted Life and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

There are some great lost manuscripts in American literature and some are truly lost. Ernest Hemingway famously lost the only draft of the first short stories he ever wrote on a French train. Most writers have “lost” manuscripts, conspicuously placed in quotes because those stories for whatever reason the writer has are socked away until […]

Sleeping by Big Sur

Big Sur (detail). Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/superfamous/6094423758/ superfamous / CC BY

I slept with a copy of Big Sur by my pillow a read of a man charting alcoholic decline I have drunk too much to remember my face I have drunk too much to remember the facts I have drunk too much and forgotten the race here-there-get up-go-get-it-done but woke beside the book feeling good […]

Movie Review – Kill Your Darlings

KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Long before Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs would be celebrated as the poetical and political figureheads of a ‘beat generation,’ there was a murder. In the new film, Kill Your Darlings, the crime scene sets itself at Columbia University, 1944, when a young Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is introduced to the anarchic, pornographic […]

Jack Kerouac Eats an Eggroll

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JACK KEROUAC EATS AN EGGROLL San Francisco, March, 1952 Hey hunger, typewriter scroll of walled up mysteries. Here’s to you, binge three weeks’ wide, dragon hitched to your sleeve. The love letter in a menu’s calligraphy. Hey stained teacup. Waitress’s face a crazed plate. Blame nicotine, benzedrine, beg a dime (hey buddy). Doodle on a […]

Interview – Paul Maher Jr., author of 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

Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is an accurate, up-to-date, meticulously researched account of how Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel, On the Road came to be written. Kerouac scholars Paul Maher Jr. (author of Kerouac: His Life and Work; editor Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac) and Stephanie […]

David Handley interviews Paul Rogers about his work & the On the Road illustrations

On the Road illustartion copyright Paul Rogers

Chances are that if I said the names Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty or Carlo Marx that you would already know a couple of things about them. You’d know that I was talking about the generation defining novel On the Road and also that I was talking about Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and in this case, […]

20+ book gifts for hip kids – and adults, too!

Books for cool kids

Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Or, just give ‘em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture books; a few are available for Kindle, too. Click on […]

Jim Morrison and Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac and Jim Morrison

“If he (Jack Kerouac) hadn’t written On The Road, The Doors never would have existed.” — Ray Manzarek Manzarek might have added that if Jack Kerouac hadn’t written On The Road, none of the late 60’s might have happened the way they did, with kids hitting the road in search of themselves and the transcendental […]