Good Blonde and Others

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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 began, 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 ...

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Overview

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 began, 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 Christmas in New England, on Murnau's Nosferatu, on jazz & bop, and tells us what he's thinking about.

Table of Contents

Walking to Eden
Optical Terror
The Impossible Genus
On Returning from Chiapas
Alphabets and Emperors
Optical Pleasure
Haunting by Water
Mapping Paris
The Monstrous and the Marvelous
The Death Cunt of Deep Dell
Sortilege
Books of Nature
A Dream
Manifesto in Voices
Acknowledgments
Bibliography

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kerouac was a literary pilgrim in the ``careful . . . self-conscious'' 1950s, notes Creeley; this miscellany of some 30 magazine contributions (from Playboy , Escapade and other publications) is a good complement to his better-known work such as On the Road. Five pieces describe road trips; the satisfying title tale recalls a bygone time in which a beautiful blonde model might pick up a hitchhiker packing Benzedrine. Kerouac offers observations on the Beat Generation, tying it to beatitude and lamenting its appropriation by the ``Hollywood borscht circuit.'' His advice on writing is both incisively amusing (``Try never get drunk outside yr own house'') and perhaps unhelpful to the less talented (``sketching language is . . . blowing'' like a jazz musician). Most interesting is his elegant and persuasive defense of his novel The Subterraneans in 1963 after it was banned in Italy. His 1969 reflection on the radicals of the era is startling: though critical of the ``Establishment,'' he castigates young leftists and praises the American system that allowed him to travel wherever he wanted. But some other writings, like impressionistic sketches of Manhattan and articles on baseball, are strictly for fans. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912516226
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,376,106
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Thinking of Jack: A Preface
On the Road
Good Blonde 3
Introduction to The Americans 19
On the Road to Florida 24
The Great American Bus Ride 31
The Rumbling, Rambling Blues 40
On the Beats
Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation 47
Lamb, No Lion 51
On the Origins of a Generation 55
On Writing
Essentials of Spontaneous Prose 69
Belief & Technique for Modern Prose 72
On Poets & Poetics 74
Are Writers Made or Born? 77
Written Address to the Italian Judge 80
Shakespeare and the Outsider 84
Biographical Notes 90
"Among the Fantastic Wits..." 92
Observations
Manhattan Sketches 99
Not Long Ago Joy Abounded at Christmas 114
Home at Christmas 117
The Beginning of Bop 126
Nosferatu (Dracula) 132
On Sports
Ronnie on the Mound 139
Three for the St. Petersburg Independent 147
In the Ring 151
Last Words
The Last Word 159
The First Word 189
"What Am I Thinking About?" 192
Editor's Note 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Good Blonde and Others is a lovely, sometimes tragic, and, yet,

    Good Blonde and Others is a lovely, sometimes tragic, and, yet, often joyful collection of prose. "Not Long Ago Joy Abounded at Christmas" is one of my personal favorites; it is a particularly enlightening piece. Kerouac is one of the few American writers capable of conjuring nostalgia, religious longing, and yet a weathered excitement about life.

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