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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”


On the first page of Dharma Bums,

the narrator mentions how “Charlie Parker’d been mad and relaxed back to normal health…” Further into this book we read, it should be brought up, or at least entertained if these characters’ habits and modes are “healthy”.  271 more words


George Condo

George Condo is an American artist born in 1957, he studied art and music theory at the University of Massachusetts. After studying there for two years he moved to Boston and started working in a silk screen shop. 172 more words

#1 On the Road: Final Observations


And so I’m 10 pages from the end of On the Road. These are my final thoughts about the novel as a whole. It’s been a bittersweet experience rereading the novel; many things have jumped out at me that I was completely unaware of 8 years ago, perhaps due to my own general ignorance, or because I was not looking for them. 1,360 more words


Illuminating the Beats From Their Shadow: Re-Blog from NY Times

Books | American Beauties

By Joyce Johnson
265 pages, Penguin Books, $16.

Joyce Johnson was 21 and not long out of Barnard College when, in the winter of 1957, Allen Ginsberg set her up on a blind date with Jack Kerouac. 1,052 more words

Beat Movement

#1 On the Road: Beat and Sexuality

The story goes that Kerouac headed down to a newsstand on 66th Street with his then-partner Joyce Johnson to pick up a copy of the NY Times, in which was the first public review of On the Road. 1,397 more words