Eating the Beat Menu
Jul03

Eating the Beat Menu

Words by Nick Meador Illustration by Kaliptus (from issue 10, available at Amazon) Jack Kerouac’s books contain such a variety of subjects, styles, and voices that his readers have never shared many common characteristics. On the surface, many of Kerouac’s books seem to exude a tone of rebellion against mainstream culture and everything that comes with it, be it business, government, or religion. This voice speaks to the...

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B11 On Sale
Jun01

B11 On Sale

After a few printing-related delays, Beatdom’s eleventh issue – our very special 5th anniversary issue – is now on sale! Get your copy and read our most star-studded outing to date, with Ann Charters, Al Hinkle, Richie Ramone, and Hank Williams III all gracing our pages. You can get your copy from our website, from Amazon, and on...

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Kerouac on Kindle
Feb09

Kerouac on Kindle

Below is a list of all books by, about, or inspired by Jack Kerouac, available on Kindle, in the English language. Excluded are the numerous books erroneously tagged “jack kerouac”, containing no obvious or only brief references to Kerouac, in languages other than English, or audio books, all of which can be easily found with a simple Amazon search.   By Jack Kerouac   Beat Generation: The Lost Work link   About Jack Kerouac...

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Death Within a Chrysalis

by Nick Meador At the turn of the 1960s, Jack Kerouac found himself in a profound state of limbo, the climax of an existential crisis that predated his life as a published author. He had been looking for an “answer” to his problems since his early twenties,[1] yet for a variety of reasons his dilemma remained unresolved. Then a 35-year-old Jack became famous in an instant when On the Road was published in the fall of 1957, and this...

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Walking With the Barefoot Beat: Alene Lee

by Christina Diamente   No girl had ever moved me with a story of spiritual suffering And so beautifully her soul showing out radiant as an angel wandering in hell And the hell the self-same streets I’d roamed in watching, watching for someone just like her The Subterraneans, p.50   Jack Kerouac wrote the lines above about the main character in his book The Subterraneans—Mardou Fox. Mardou Fox was Jack Kerouac’s lost love in...

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The Battle for Kerouac’s Estate

by David S. Wills “Money is the root of all evil” For I will Write In my will “I regret that I was not able To love money more.” Jack Kerouac, 238th Chorus, Mexico City Blues Jack Kerouac died on October 21st, 1969, of cirrhosis of the liver. By the time he died he had become a shell of the man he once was. He lived with his mother, drank himself beyond recognition, and was flat broke. But as we all know, Kerouac’s fame only grew...

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Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Gerard

By Kristin McLaughlin Without Gerard, what would have happened to Ti Jean? – Jack Kerouac[1] Visions of Gerard is Kerouac’s prolonged meditation on his older, saintly brother Gerard, who died at the age of nine (Jack was four at the time) of rheumatic fever.  As the cornerstone of the Dulouz legend, Visions of Gerard, along with Maggie Cassidy and Dr. Sax, deals with Kerouac’s early life in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Most biographers...

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Kerouac and the Outsider – A Puzzle

by Dave Moore It was Horst who started it. Horst Spandler has been translating the 1971 Kerouac anthology Scattered Poems into German. Along the way he’s been asking others their advice on the meaning of parts of Jack’s poems. One such query I received, a few months ago, concerned Kerouac’s rather fine “Sept. 16, 1961, Poem” (on page 29). Horst wanted to know whether the line which reads “sad today glad tomorrow: somber today drunk...

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