This is great. I find Kerouac to not be the easiest read, but I love the spirit behind it. I have Big Sur on my nightstand even now.
I saw there's a BIG SUR film that came out early this year. But, of course, will read the book before that. Yeah, you summed it up Chris, he had a lot of spirit. And when he hit the mark--watch out.
Perfect tribute to the man. Thanks. Listened to ON THE ROAD while driving cross country a few years ago. You need to experience Kerouac that way, too.
What a great idea, Ron. If I take another cross country trip I will remember that. I'm going through quite a Kerouac phase and have his Journals, Book of Dreams, and Big Sur on tap.
Neat post. Reminds me of a recent conversation: To make real sense, I think Kerouac, like Ginsberg (or Pollock) or even Vonnegut need a contextual understanding of World War II and its aftermath. Us old guys have that. I hope the young'ns are getting it too.
There was a great exhibit on him at the New York Public Library a few years ago. He invented a game like fantasy baseball years ago. My husband did an article about him not long ago.
I'm a DESOLATION ANGELS cat myself.
Rich, I'm sure that is, for the most part, lost. Young readers here about the legend, dope smoking, and freedom on the run. Patti, Where was Phil's article published? I'd enjoy reading his article.Kieran, I haven't read that part of the Duluoz Legend. I'll get there with enough time.
I thought I would get a release or a new meaning in life from Kerouac, but so far it hasn't arrived.
Oscar, I read Kerouac because he has unique storylines and his prose, at its best, is poetic. At 43, I'm certainly not going to look for inspirations or any new meanings of life from other human beings.
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