Paul Maher is a teacher and author best known for his three published books about Jack Kerouac. Maher grew up in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, which he says provided the inspiration for his research and writing on the subject of that particular poet. Maher enlisted in the United States Navy and, after attending the University of Massachusetts and earning a degree in American Studies, became a high school teacher and writer. Maher has published six books; a biography and a collection of interviews with Jack Kerouac, another focusing on On the Road, and a collection of interviews with jazz legend, Miles Davis. Maher is also scheduled to publish a collection of interviews with Tom Waits.
Maher has begun researching and writing a screenplay based on the Puritan narrative of Mary Rowlandson and King Philip's War and an original screenplay in pre-production, Confronte. He is also involved in the production of an extensive natural history documentary based on the life and writings of Transcendental writer, Henry David Thoreau.
PopMatters' Paul Maher speaks with cast and crew about what went into Terrence Malick's million-and-a-half feet of film (250 hours) that would become The Thin Red Line (re-released on DVD by Criterion, 28 September).
Kerouac and Ginsberg are cosmic twins borne from Whitman’s Universal skull, bonded as comrades, cerebrally-joined as poets -- but it will sour for Kerouac when Ginsberg uses his poetic voice as a political trump card.