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Jack Kerouac

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 08.19.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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.

Resisting the Incessant Pull of Materialism

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Tyson Hartnett

Once the initial feelings wore off, I started to look for explanations for why all this was taken from me. There had to be a bigger lesson and reason here, and not just to keep a harder eye on my belongings.

Gerald Nicosia's 'Night Train to Shanghai'

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.

LeRoi Jones' Dutchman at The Classical Theater of Harlem

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

As mounted by the consistently wonderful Classical Theater of Harlem in tandem with National Black Theater, this 50th anniversary production of Dutchman is the most gripping 45 minutes in town.

Follow the Beat Poets in San Francisco

Find. Eat. Drink. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Find. Eat. Drink.

For Friedman and Bloomfield, keeping the soul of its past was essential for the renovation. They restored the historic murals, patched the checkerboard floors, turned the red vinyl banquettes into leather and rewired the jukebox, which still plays opera and a bit of rock n' roll.

Alfred Leslie: The Last of the Really Great Abstract Expressionists, Now a Master of 21st Century Digital Art

Elizabeth Sobieski | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Sobieski

My, until now, clandestine courtship began at the 2014 Armory Show in March.

Happy Birthday, Jack

Odelia Kaly | Posted 05.12.2014 | Teen
Odelia Kaly

I am a vegan straightedge homebody, if I were to categorize myself. My idea of 'experimenting' is trying the oil cleansing method on my face. Undoubtedly, I am the inverse of everything that he is. And yet, I love him.

William S. Burroughs' Centennial Year in American Cities, and One Serendipitous Photo at the Morgan Library

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When William S. Burroughs died in August 1997 at age 82, he was the last of the seminal beat writers to go. Jack Kerouac died in 1969, and Allen Ginsb...

This Map Will Change How You View Public Transportation In America

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business

Want to channel your inner Jack Kerouac but too broke to own a car? Just really into "map porn"? Then this one is for you. This incredibly detailed...