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Tuesday, October 9 2012

Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.


Tuesday, June 19 2012

An Early Moan from the Great Moaner: Jack Kerouac's 'The Sea Is My Brother'

Jack Kerouac’s greatest achievement is the creation of the most compassionate of 20th century literatures; not just the adolescent fraternalisms or calls for equality, but the glee of rushing down the mountain with the good news, or as the good news, curious about humanity, forgiving, ready to report well and true.


Sunday, May 6 2012

International Beats: The Desire for the Foreign in Kerouac's 'On the Road'

With the film adaptation of On the Road just a month away, it's important to once again define what characterized the Beat movement: an infatuation with the foreign.


Thursday, October 22 2009

The Name of This Land is Hell: Mexico in Literature

When the author of a sitcom-styled novel about Mexican heritage cannot resist mentioning the modern-day carnage, then it's fair to assume that the murders have become a significant part of the national identity.


Thursday, March 19 2009

Little Murders: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

This is not Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation but, rather, Hunter S. Thompson’s Generation of Swine, the urban home front during the waning days of World War II, gritty and unvarnished, and chillingly reflective of modern sociology.


Reviews

Monday, January 27 2014

'Big Sur' Brings Kerouac to the Screen with Fury and Force

Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel is a perfect example of how a flowing, Beat classic can be transcribed to the screen with its spirit intact.


Thursday, May 26 2011

'The Typewriter is Holy': The Beat Generation Put to Paper

Bill Morgan’s success here is the documentation of Allen Ginsberg’s development from a shy and desperate young man, eager to please his charismatic peers, to a strong and assured figure, involved with developing the careers of his fellow artists.


Blogs

Friday, September 10 2010

The Discovery of the Identity of Jack Kerouac's 'Watermelon Man'

Who was the watermelon man of Jack Kerouac's great Lowell-fantasy novel, 'Dr. Sax'?


Thursday, September 17 2009

Nine Booze-Soaked Books

Putting aside obvious selections like Charles R. Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, Malcolm Lowry’s harrowing Under the Volcano, or essentially anything written by Charles


News

Thursday, January 10 2013

Commentary: Not the Same ‘On the Road’ Or Time

Time is a key element in Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road.” “We know time,” the protagonist Dean Moriarty (based on Kerouac’s friend


Thursday, March 29 2012

Jack Kerouac’s ‘The Sea Is My Brother’ is finally published in its entirety

First the good news: Jack Kerouac’s “lost” novel “The Sea Is My Brother” (Da Capo, $23) isn’t entirely unreadable. In fact, the book — written


Thursday, October 2 2008

Kerouac manuscript unscrolled for Beat exhibit

When Jack Kerouac sat down at his typewriter to write what would become his landmark novel, "On the Road," he didn't want to be slowed


Thursday, October 4 2007

Jack Kerouac's sound of America

OK, so here I am, sitting in front of a computer, 50 years after the fact of the matter -- which is the publication, on Sept. 5, 1957,


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