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In these uncollected writings Jack Kerouac has left us a portrait of himself in his life. He hitches a ride to San Francisco from Southern California with a beautiful blonde, goes on the road with photographer Robert Frank, rides a bus through the Northwest and Montana, records the blues of an old 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, goes to a ball game and a prize fight, and reflects on Celine, on Christmas in New England, on jazz & bop, 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 future."
"Reading now these various pieces, with all their substantial details so characteristic of Jack's work, I think of particular and how much a part of his way of being with others his attention really was . . ." —Robert Creeley, preface
"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)." — Publishers Weekly
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a principal actor in the Beat Generation, a companion of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in that great adventure. His books include On the Road , The Dharma Bums , Mexico City Blues , Lonesome Traveler , Visions of Cody , Pomes All Sizes (City Lights), Scattered Poems (City Lights), and Scripture of the Golden Eternity (City Lights).
|Publisher:||City Lights Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist, poet, and painter most closely associated with the Beat Movement of the 1950s. His most famous works include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur, several of which have been adapted into films. In 1959 Kerouac released his collection of poems Mexico City Blues. Few authors can claim as large an influence on American culture as Jack Kerouac and his examinations of youth and rebellion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.