Joyce Johnson’s Novels Available From Open Road Media
Jul12

Joyce Johnson’s Novels Available From Open Road Media

Joyce Johnson is best-known for her 1983 memoir, Minor Characters, which focuses on the years 1957-58, and concerns the role of the marginalized woman in the Beat sphere. It is ironic, then, that she is often written off as Kerouac’s girlfriend and the woman who wrote about being Kerouac’s girlfriend. Indeed, Johnson is an accomplished novelist in her own right, and an important figure in Beat studies beyond being merely one of the...

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The Greatest Road Movie Never Made
Jun25

The Greatest Road Movie Never Made

  Brando should have played Dean; Jack’s 1957 letter to Marlon asking him to buy the film rights to On the Road is a cry in the dark night of his tormented soul. Marlon would have been stellar. Think of the young Marlon Brando as Stanley, Johnny, Terry, or even Sky – a guy straight out of the Omaha, Nebraska, heartland – wild, unorthodox, intelligent, rebellious, athletic, and the Zeus of Adonises. Team him with movie-star...

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Bloomsday Thoughts: Kerouac & Joyce
Jun16

Bloomsday Thoughts: Kerouac & Joyce

“In those days I was writing a Joyce-like novel in which I was the Dedalus; and called myself Duluoz. Let’s do that now. Duluoz the Ladysman!” - Jack Kerouac The fiction of Jack Kerouac is heavily inspired by the work of James Joyce. He liked to compare himself and his work to Joyce, and his hero, Neal Cassady, was sometimes compared to Joyce in Kerouac’s letters. Indeed, Kerouac even took inspiration for his...

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The Holy Ghost Scroll
Jun06

The Holy Ghost Scroll

“Giroux insisted that the manuscript would have to be cut up [cut ups] and edited. Kerouac . . .  refused . . . telling Giroux that the “Holy Ghost” had dictated the novel.” i “There’ll be no editing on this manuscript . . . “This manuscript has been dictated by the Holy Ghost.” ii The Holy Ghost is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity: The Holy Ghost is a Person distinct  from the Father and the Son. He is...

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Under These Stars
Jun05

Under These Stars

The latest title from Beatdom Books is Tony R. Rodriguez’s magnificent road novel, Under These Stars, and it is now available in both paperback and Kindle format. Under These Stars follows an alcoholic editor called Sarah who’s on an escapist journey around America, a la Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which she eagerly documents via her various social media profiles.   Here’s what the critics are saying: “In...

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Sal’s Sad New Jersey
Jun04

Sal’s Sad New Jersey

Hoboken apartment Paterson Lincoln Tunnel Paterson and the Passaic Holland Tunnel “ . . . I was three thousand two hundred miles from my aunt’s house in Paterson, New Jersey” i Paterson “Paterson is quite a few miles from Times Square. Can you picture me walking those last miles through the Lincoln Tunnel or over the Washington Bridge and into New Jersey?” ii What a drag. Zooming through New Jersey Paterson Through the tunnel and into...

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Shack on the Beach
May14

Shack on the Beach

Sold the house To escape isolated hell of suburbs i Old sour Manhattan ii Beckons no more Cupcake Manhattan No soul Now what? Interior decorated retirement Florida? iii All I want is a shack on the beach Peace And a sweet juicy peach To be a sort of sea beatnik iv Nay, “I am not a beatnik. I am a Catholic.” v i Johnson, Joyce. The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. (New York: Penguin Books, 2012). ii Kerouac, Jack....

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Old Shoe
May05

Old Shoe

“ . . . my old cracked shoes weep . . . ” i “ . . . turning an ankle is a Pavlovian fait accompli” ii Desolation Peak Minus perks In the desert of suburban house Over fifty and it’s over Disposable trash Corporate ash Old shoe Friday at three Judas Sealed with a kiss CEO unreined brat Shallow cad Foul-mouthed rat A kiss and dismissal Crass no class An imp An ape Coward Fat cat Loud crude and dull You killed the swan Capricious caprice...

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