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D from considering all that was implied in the text and in need of rest One of the first Kerouac books I ver got was a copy of Dharma Bums that was need of rest One of the first Kerouac books I ver got was a copy of Dharma Bums that was sometime in the mid 70s The cover has a picture of two longhairs canoodling in the grass during one of those gauzy burnt umber sunsets that seemed to only happen on Bread LP covers Beneath The Picture There S A Little Blurb That Kind Of picture there s a little blurb that kind of my skin crawl It says something along the lines of by Jack Kerouac the swinging daddy of the psychedelic generation the man who started it all This collection isn t up there with Kerouac s definitive works by any means But if your image of the man is of some slick haired dude in gabardine slacks snapping his fingers on a street corner and saying far out daddy o or God forbid two stoned hippies canoodling to the tune of Baby I m A Want You then this book may round out your perception In his writing on the so called Beat Generation the best of the ssays and stories here he reveals a complex perplexed wandering soul at once simpler and complicated than most one dimensional beat daddy sketches lead us to believe He was a good hearted Catholic boy who loved his working class town and his mother He was a Buddhist potsmoker A freewheeling hitcher in love with the world A bum But mostly just not King of the Hippies For Pete s Sake Anything but that There s a lot of tenderness in this collection that may surprise you And his foray into sci fi is better than I anticipated as well I didn t think this book was up to much but it s been several weeks and I m still thinking about it So there you go Best part about this bookThe sections where Kerouac talks his writing style There are two selectionchapters that cover this spontaneous prose The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose and Belief Techniue for Modern Prose Both are kind of checklists but how to lists might be accurate Interesting downright fascinatingthough I m not 100% sure what to do with stuff like 14 in Belief Like Proust be an old teahead of time But I can certainly get behind 29 You re a Genius all the time I tell myself this veryday HeeheeAnd speaking of genius the ssay Are Writers Made or Born is AWESOME Basically he separates the idea of great talents what he refers to as interpreterslike a great violinist is not Mozart for The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online exampleven though heshe plays well and geniu. N gives his Essentials of Spontaneous Prose and defends his novel The Subterraneans compares Shakespeare and James Joyce describes the cafeterias and subways of Manhattan goes to a ballgame and a prize fight and reflects on Céline on Christmas in New England on Murnau's Nosferatu on jazz bop. Vampires were also thought to be the souls of ordinary living people which leave the body in sleep and come upon other sleepers in the form of down fluffso Don T Sleep which leave the body in sleep and come upon other sleepers in the form of down fluffso Don T Sleep Your t sleep in your down sleepingbag in Transylvania or Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet even in California they say Actually don t worrryscientifically speaking the only blood sucking bats in the world are located in South America from Oaxaca on down Kerouac obv knew than he was sharing In someways I feel Kerouac has been over rated as a writer but when he is on he is on This is a great collection of his writings when he is in a true Kerouacian zone His writing on Jazz needs to be added to the Jazz writing cannon His defense of the Subterraneans One of the best books hever wrote is 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) excellent If you want to introduce someone to Kerouac try this book The Dharma Bums and Subterraneans The problem making it your policy as a writer to take a bunch of speed and sit down at a typewriter and let your fingers fly until you feel like stopping and then calling whatever you just wrote a book is that unless you have been planning the thing in your head for seven oright years like with On the Road your book is going to be a big piece of crap with a few really great sentences here and there When you buy these apocryphal books you are taking a gamble hoping that there is something worth reading in the pile left that wasn t already issued in the main canon of a writer s works With some people it is disappointingly meagre offerings that show you nothing new about the writer that sully the perfect picture you had or at least taint it This book was a pleasant surprise Kerouac on classic literature on sport and Kerouac doing science fiction This would serve not only as an ssential for Kerouac but as a good introduction to his work as well Challenging to #ReadJust completed this volume of collected writings I would recommend it as # completed this volume of collected writings I would recommend it as introduction to Kerouac I ll definitely want to travel with him On the Road someday but this sort of reading leads to a strong desire for a less strenuous ffort for awhileSurprisingly it was not the further road stories ssays on writing or baseball nor his other musings that I found the most Interesting Rather it was his dystopian future world fiction cityCityCITY with the alternative nding promising a life of hope that I truly Why Photography Matters enjoyed Butven that story left me tire. In these uncollected writings Jack Kerouac portrays himself in his life He hitches a ride to San Francisco with a blonde goes on the road with photographer Robert Frank rides bus through the Northwest and Montana records the blues of an old Negro hobo talks about the Beats and how it all bega. ,
Ses the Mozarts are people who CREATE SOMETHING NEW THAT HASN T something new that hasn t seen before Worth reading Doreen Valiente Witch even if you read nothinglse in this collection Other stuff that was pretty goodHis arguments for Beat and what it is His definitions are meant to clarify a lot of the philosophy of the Beat movement I don t know if they clarify too muchbut I think I caught a few #details that I didn t know before Probably one of his most interesting observations in On the Beats is The # that I didn t know before Probably one of his most interesting observations in On the Beats is The thing will die out That was a fad like bathtub gin The stuff you have to wade throughSports While he makes some really great arguments for why baseball strategy walking the best hitters tc makes for dull games and players who don t know how to swing for the fencesfor the most part the sports sections are dull the games and seasons sections are dull The games and seasons writes about are long gone and the immediacy of a sports article doesn t reverberate through the ages like we would like Even for a writer like Kerouac JennyPlace for the StolenUnderground Writing Project A great collection of Kerouac phemera Arranged thematically there s something here for Asperger - Leben in zwei Welten : Betroffene berichten: das hilft mir in Beruf, Partnerschaft Alltag every stripe of Kerouac fan covering a wide range of his writing career Fans of Kerouac know that his books are than just stories about hitchhiking and looking for kicks they re also about his jazz influenced literary style In this collection of writings in addition to discussions of the Beat Generation and the meaning and origin of the term beat as hemploys it Kerouac comments on writing his own Allen Ginsberg s Gregory Corso s William Shakespeare s James Joyce s He writes about hitchhiking the photography of Robert Frank jazz and bop and his hometown of Lowell Massachusetts There is a statement defending the novel The Subterraneans against obscenity charges and a description of Murnau s film Nosferatu Included is his ssay On the Origins of a Generation which originally appeared in Playboy As well there is a description of a bullfight that is worth reading for the way that Kerouac s attitude toward the vent changes in the middle of the Venous Catheters essay NEVERver disappointed by jack what a fucking legend never read any of his ssays until now and i have to say they are profoundly xcellent through them i can get to know what his veryday life was like what was going on on his mind when he wasnt writing novels much love again and again. And tells us what he's thinking about And in the closing piece cityCityCITY we're treated to Jack's science fiction vision of the futureTable of Contents Robert Creeley Thinking of Jack A Preface On the Road On the Beats On Writing Observations On Sports Last Words cityCityCITY Editor's Note.