Tag Archives: Jack Kerouac

Kerouac’s Inspiration

“There’ll be no editing. This book was dictated by the Holy Ghost.” –Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) to his publisher after completing the first draft of On the Road (1951). Kerouac’s mugshot for the United States Naval Reserve in 1943 (eight years … Continue reading

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Jack Kerouac: “I enter my page”

A great Jack Kerouac quote on the hollowness of pursuing fame: I can just see the shabby literary man carrying a “bulging briefcase” rushing from one campus to another, one lecture club to another, nodding confirmation with his hosts that … Continue reading

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A Fanciful Map of “Bohemia” (1896)

Amusing: The philosopher Thomas Nagel: Most people take life as they find it, and try to make something of the possibilities that are offered by their personal and social circumstances, avoiding catastrophe or failure, pursuing happiness, and working to realize … Continue reading

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A Quote for Evening

Jack Kerouac talks to us from beneath the cool night soil of New England: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything … Continue reading

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“California in 1957”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

     Giants and Dodgers   moving west   without Ebbets Field   or Jackie Robinson   but with Jack Kerouac   and Holiday Inns   rounding third at the Pacific   and driving   not sliding   home

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