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

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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:
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

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

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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…

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

Matterhorn Peak, CA

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

Following The Dharma Bums To Matterhorn Peak (Pt.1)

As described in this post The Dharma Bums has always been a special book for me and it ranks right up there with On The Road and The Town And The City as one of my favorite books of his. The description of the trip to Bridgeport in the eastern Sierra Nevada and the ‘big … Continue reading

Remembering Jack Kerouac

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? Jack Kerouac March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969 Jack Kerouac was only forty-seven years old when he passed away. The day before he died, he’d been drinking whiskey and writing at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, when he suddenly felt ill. He called out to his wife,…

The Dharma Bums, Chapter 34

… , I realized, ‘there is no answer.’ I didn’t know anything any more, I didn’t care, and it didn’t matter, and suddenly I felt really free. The Dharma Bums, Chapter 34