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Heavy Machinery

No time, no burn, no one, nowhere—
struggling to give in, frontal lobe too scared.
Days dash, weeks wrap your head around the
rest of the year—asleep at home all alone, a fan’s breeze in your ears. 190 more words

D.T. James

"On the Road" Music

Some Charlie Parker music for your listening-while-reading pleasure.

Beat Generation

Perpetual Wanderlust

Abaondoned Gas Station on Missouri Highway 36

I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” 453 more words

Thomas Wolfe

On this anniversary of Thomas Wolfe’s death, I’m reminded that every few years I turn around and he’s there again. Whether in influencing Ferlinghetti or Kerouac, or anecdotes about his editor Maxwell Perkins trying to beat his holy mess novels into some more coherent shape, or just his own troubled life, Thomas Wolfe always shows up. 2,137 more words


Did Jack Kerouac really write his masterpiece in 3 weeks?

Rumors have it that Jack Kerouac wrote his cult classic, On the Road, in three weeks while heavily under the influence of various drugs. While there is some truth to this legend, on the whole it is more false than true. 256 more words


Book #106: On the Road (1957)

author: Jack Kerouac
language: English and a few lines of Spanish
length: 281 pages
finished on: 5 July 2016

I was moderately impressed with some of the other Beat Generation works that I’ve consumed over the past couple of years (such as… 417 more words


The First Critique Kerouac Read of "On the Road" on This Day in 1957

After years on the road, multiple drafts, and arguments over edits, Jack Kerouac at last saw the publication of the book that would put him on the map — … 507 more words

Beat Generation

Jay Haeske reblogged this on Retracing Jack Kerouac and commented:

Thanks Stephanie for reminding us of this historic date.