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

Ann Charters Interview

I recently found this interview with Jack Kerouac biographer Ann Charters. As you can see from the photo of my copies of both the Selected Letters 1940-1956 and Selected Letters 1957-1969, I spent quite a bit of time studying both books. The interview is quite old, taking place in San Francisco in March of 1995, … 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

Kerouac, Steinbeck and a new direction for Retracing Jack Kerouac

True to the title of the blog, I originally planned to limit myself to only posting photos of the places of importance to Kerouac that I visited. However, as I already put up most of the photos taken on the two trips in October of 2010 and March 2012 that provided the majority of the … Continue reading

‘We were near Fredericksburg Texas in the high plains’ (On The Road)

Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Louanne Henderson were on their way to El Paso from Houston when they passed Federicksburg.

Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois

A few photos from Davenport and Rock Island, cities Kerouac passed through on his cross-country journeys described in On The Road . Unfortunately, unlike the ‘warm Midwest sun’ in the book, the weather in Davenport was absolutely dreadful – it was raining the whole day I spent there so I didn’t really feel like exploring … 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

‘Anywhere Road’ update 01.28.13: Trinidad, CO; Raton, NM

As I promised in my last post here’s an update on the progress of my book ‘Anywhere Road’. The first copy I uploaded and ordered from the Blurb.com website arrived a week ago – unfortunately I couldn’t really be satisfied with the way it looked so I can’t make it available for you to order. … Continue reading