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The First Critique Kerouac Read of “On the Road” on This Day in 1957

Originally posted on Stephanie Nikolopoulos:
After years on the road, multiple drafts, and arguments over edits, Jack Kerouac at last saw the publication of the book that would put him on the map –?On the Road?— on this day, September 5, in 1957.?He and his girlfriend, Joyce Johnson, who would become an author in her…

John J Dorfner on Kerouac’s introduction into the Rocky Mount Hall of Fame on Empty Mirror Books

I found this interesting interview with John J Dorfner over on Empty Mirror Books earlier today. I don’t know when that article was published but I have missed it so far. I recently bought Visions Of Rocky Mount from John, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. But I have had his earlier … Continue reading

10 Books of Beat Generation Letters

Originally posted on Stephanie Nikolopoulos:
The other day I wrote about viewing Neal Cassady’s infamous “lost” Joan Anderson letter at Christie’s Auction House.. Letters are a great way to get to know and understand the writers of the Beat Generation. The novelists and poets were prodigious letter writers. Here are ten books of collected letters by the…

Friday Links::: Beat Generation News

Originally posted on Stephanie Nikolopoulos:
PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD AVEDON / “WILLIAM BURROUGHS, NEW YORK, JULY 9, 1975”/© THE RICHARD AVEDON FOUNDATION via The New Yorker Happy Friday! Here are a few Beat Generation-related links for your weekend reading::: “Drive, He Wrote: What the Beats Were About” (The New Yorker) “The Outlaw: The Extraordinary Life of William…

Jack Kerouac Playlist

Originally posted on JACK KEROUAC-WRITER:
I have researched and created an enormous playlist of songs referenced by Jack Kerouac in his novels, letters, journals, diaries and interviews. Click The Jack Kerouac Playlist to subscribe. ? ? ?

I recently came across a rather interesting website, concerned with Kerouac’s more poetic work. Many other interesting poets on there as well,  sadly no Allen Ginsberg (yet, here’s hoping). A whole different spin on Kerouac’s work than mine, but I found it to be very worthwhile. Check it out here: http://mypoeticside.com/poets/jack-kerouac-poems

Happy Birthday Allen Ginsberg

One day late, I know, but this is probably my favorite Allen Ginsberg poem/song. I’m close to tears whenever I listen to this. Sad, but yet it’s also very comforting and beautiful in his quirky way. I also like this photograph a whole lot. R.I.P. Allen Ginsberg

Robert Frost, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, and the Road Not Taken

Originally posted on Stephanie Nikolopoulos:
In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share some poems. I write a lot about the road. I write about Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and even wrote a whole book about it called Burning Furiously Beautiful. When I was much younger, though, all the way back in elementary school, I…

Matterhorn Peak, CA

Following The Dharma Bums To Matterhorn Peak (Pt. 2)

After a good night’s sleep I woke up to a glorious, sunny day filled with fresh air and made my way to Twin Lakes from where you have to start the hike up towards Matterhorn Peak. Driving up the (now paved) road towards Twin Lakes (which is a few miles outside of Bridgeport) felt very … Continue reading

Home I’ll Never Be

Two quite different versions of Kerouac’s Home I’ll Never Be which is also known as On The Road (but I guess that’s more out of commercial interest). A reading of it was apparently released on Kerouac’s On The Road 3-CD set, but I haven’t got that. Tom Waits’ version can be found on his splendid … Continue reading