Kerouac Best Dressed Man?


According to Esquire magazine, Jack Kerouac is the 23rd best dressed man in the history of the world. Why? “Because during the decade that brought the world The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Kerouac embraced workwear as both a functional uniform and a nod to nonconformity.”

There’s no mention of Allen Ginsberg or William Burroughs. Certainly, I’m not surprised Ginsberg failed to make the cut. The hippies aren’t exactly venerated for their impact on the world of male fashion, but I always held Burroughs as a particularly well dressed guy. His hats and suits sat well with his creepy face and haunting voice.

And where the hell is Hunter S. Thompson? You’re telling me that Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts didn’t make the cut? “Cavemen” were collectively no #1 and “Dandies” no #2!

Also on the list are Tom Wolfe, Bob Dylan and Johnny Depp.

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom magazine and the author of The Dog Farm.He travels a lot, and is currently working as a professor in China. His latest book is called Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

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