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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

Jack Kerouac Eats an Eggroll

San Francisco Chinatown courtesy Roger 4336 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4061824394/

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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? …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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}

BIG SUR Film Preview in Selected Theatres – week of October 14, 2013!

Big Sur Movie Poster

Gathr Films has announced a series of one-day-only showings of Big Sur in indie theatres in selected cities across the USA the week of October 14, 2013. These screenings are …{read more}