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Jack Kerouac

The Gonzo Prose of Ciara Shuttleworth and 4,500 Miles: Taking Jack Back On The Road

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 09.05.2016 | Books
K.J. Wetherholt

Having spent a residency at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida in 2015, writer and artist Ciara Shuttleworth came to appreciate Kerouac enough that when she was on her way home from Orlando to the scablands of Washington state, she decided to take a Jack Kerouac cut out, "Flat Jack" with her as she took her own road trip West.

The Dead Rise Again

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell It can ring, turn night to day Ring like fire when you lose your way ...

Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull Take in "The Beat Generation" at Centre Pompidou: Hipsters on the Continent

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.03.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

What is beat? From down and out through saintly beatitudes, beat is an attitude. As a literary movement, the Beat Generation is an American phenomenon...

What Price Kerouac? "The Joan Anderson Letter" Auctioned at Christie's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2016 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Two Joans were on display at Christie's on June 16, one was the much-missed Joan Rivers with a sampling of her sequined gowns adorning mannequins in t...

Pat Thomas Liberates Allen Ginsberg's Last Word on First Blues

Tom Semioli | Posted 05.23.2016 | Arts
Tom Semioli

Record collectors, vinyl geeks (myself included), hipster history devotees, and barstool musicologists, among additional permutations thereof, owe hosannas aplenty to the ongoing life labors of Pat Thomas.

On a Postcard

Yara Zgheib | Posted 05.19.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

"Wherever you go, I don't care where you go, just send me something in the mail from where you are." - Wallace Berman A postcard from the gift shop...

The Value of One

Brianna Upton | Posted 04.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brianna Upton

Breathe it in and fully release to the pure bliss of one. Do this often, because you can. Because we have one life. And time is not promised to any of us, so why would we ever waste a moment when we truly know the value of one?

David Amram at 85: Splendor in the Grass at The Theater for the New City

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.29.2015 | New York
Regina Weinreich

Billed as "Back to Where it All Began," David Amram's program for last week's engagement at The Theater for the New City, was a continuation of his 85th birthday celebration.

A Kind of Life

Yara Zgheib | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Yara Zgheib

This kind of life, this all too human life will kill us, but it is that certainty that makes it worth living at all. So for all those who no longer can, let us honor it.

If Walls Could Talk at the Chelsea Hotel

J. Michael Welton | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Those days are pretty much done with now. The hotel changed hands a few years back and has been closed for renovations. It's transitioning away from a residential hotel, toward a more traditional role for overnight guests.

Robert Frank Attends the Premiere of Don't Blink - Robert Frank

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The famously reclusive and curmudgeonly photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank smiles throughout the documentary Don't Blink - Robert Frank, as if he's h...

Hip Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Chris Corbett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Chris Corbett

When major brands use hipster images to push everything from jeans to cornflakes, where is the cutting-edge relevance?

Amy Newman's 'Howl': An Homage to the Genius of Allen Ginsberg

Jonah Raskin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

Genius breeds copycats, along with armies of critics armed to the teeth with words intended to slay literary reputations. Professor Amy Newman has ventured into enemy territory, slain the giant, and at the same time paid tribute to his greatness.

8 Books That Will Show You The Magic Of Big Sur

Posted 08.10.2015 | Books

Nestled between San Francisco and Los Angeles and hugging the Pacific coast, Big Sur has attracted numerous writers in search of inspiration -- not to...

With Jason Segel at Lunch at the Lotos Club: Celebrating of the End of the Tour

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.06.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

By 1996, upon the publication of the gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, its author David Foster Wallace was the envy of writers. Touted in exalted ways, praised as brilliant, his work produced an "anxiety of influence" for the literary.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Mad Men: Don Draper's America

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now that Mad Men has reached its endpoint, with critics dissecting its meaning and import, not to mention its influence and destiny during awards season, it is time to further point out its antecedents in literature.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Does It Help You When You're 'Hangry'?

Erica Wides | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Erica Wides

I'm embarking on a quest, a mission, a journey. I'm going on a worldwide (okay, nationwide) search for something. Sorta like Kerouac, in search of him...

Poetry Coast to Coast: American Poets Paul Fericano and George Wallace

Robert Peake | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

You could drive Route 66 from coast to coast to get a feel for the poetry of America. Or you could pick up copies of Fericano and Wallace, and read these poems out loud.

Do What You Love: Travel

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 04.05.2015 | Travel
Larry Dvoskin

This is different from some Peter Pan escapism. It's actually alchemy -- getting in the right mode to be my best and, therefore, to be the best person I can be toward loved ones, friends, family, and co-workers.

Garrett Hedlund in Unbroken: Neal Cassady's Letter to Jack Kerouac

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

You may remember Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles' On the Road. The Minnesota-born actor played the character inspired by the famed f...

Betty Who Talks Touring, Her New Album, and Law & Order: SVU

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
Hugh McIntyre

She's creating the kind of easy and easy to love hits that get stuck in your head and literally never leave. She is making the music that even those who outsell her ten to one should be making, if they were smart.

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

On The Road With No Degree

Cindy Capitani | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Cindy Capitani

It's sort of like "On the Road" except the driver is on my car insurance. And when they finally decide to leave Maine (you're where?!), the driver has a cell phone and can call mom about flat tires, stripped lug nuts and how between the four of them, they're down to $2. OK, so it's not like "On the Road" at all.

Micro-Roasted Writing: 3 Mindful Writing Tips to Move Beyond Writer's Block

Mark W. Guay | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

You can also use these writing techniques to identify your passion and purpose because all of these writing strategies are meta-cognitive in nature, which is a big fancy word that means you call attention to your thoughts and think about your own thinking.