Jack Kerouac : The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums has always been one of my favorite Kerouac books. What I loved from the first time I read it is the relaxed, peaceful and serene atmosphere described in most chapters, such as in the ones in which Ray (Kerouac) and Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder) are sitting in a cabin, talking and having … Continue reading

4th Of July update

Just a little update to let you know that I just came back from my first long-ish hike (about 9 miles) done in preparation of the hiking I want to do next year in Sierra Nevada. The inspiration for that of course being Kerouac’s Dharma Bums which I started to read and which will be … Continue reading

Happy Birthday City Lights

Despite Jack Kerouac perhaps not playing that big of a role in the history of the City Lights Bookstore and City Lights Publishing (as far as I know they only published one or two poetry collections by Kerouac) I found it fitting to upload this post. Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a longtime friend of Kerouac, most … Continue reading

Anywhere Road review on Empty Mirror Books

The first review of my book ‘Anywhere Road’ – check it out here: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/beat/kerouac-2/anywhere-road-retracing-jack-kerouac.html

‘Anywhere Road’ available for purchase

Finally, at (very) long last my book ‘Anywhere Road’ is available for ordering at Blurb.com. Those of you that have been following my blog for a while will remember that I wrote about wanting to finish the book at certain points quite a few times before, but due to various personal and work-related circumstances it … Continue reading

Update 01.07.13: ‘Anywhere Road’ is finished.

Just a little update today to let you know that I (at long last!) finished my book ‘Anywhere Road – Retracing Jack Kerouac’ earlier today. Finally. I am currently in the process of uploading it to the Blurb website and will order a copy each of both the Soft- and Hardcover versions. Once I received … Continue reading

The California Zephyr at Emeryville

Detail shot of the California Zephyr train at Emeryville (Oakland) station. I was about to start the greatest train journey of my life and one of the very best experiences of my life so far – the journey from San Francisco/Emeryville to Denver is absolutely breathtaking. And it’s forever linked in my mind with Kerouac’s … Continue reading

Oakland Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge is mentioned in a number of Kerouac’s books, but it’s of course very hard not to notice when in San Francisco. I crossed it a short while after I took this photo on a bus which took me to Emeryville (Oakland) train station where I got on board the California Zephyr to … Continue reading


After finishing watching Antonelli’s film Kerouac: The Movie (1985) I decided to post a photo of the Tosca, although I don’t know if Kerouac had a connection with it at all, or if it already existed at the time he hung out in San Francisco. In any case it’s located directly opposite the Cafe Vesuvio … Continue reading

Market Street Cinema, San Francisco

Kerouac loved movies and his books are full with mentions of going to see one. He describes going see a movie with Gregory Corso on Market Street in Desolation Angels, although I can’t say if it was this one (or even if this particular cinema existed in Kerouac’s time, but it looks rather worn and … Continue reading