“The ghost of Jack Kerouac is definitely here,” Barmore announced at the start of the evening. The previous Sunday, he added, all of Kerouac’s novels “leapt off the shelf and fell on the ground,” apropos of no apparent stimuli. A similar event had recently occurred at Haslam’s Bookstore, a few miles away on Central Avenue. Per local lore, Kerouac used to wander into Haslam’s and rearrange his own books, jockeying for better and more prominent shelf placement; supposedly, this still goes on.

The books we read as teen-agers—the ones that get inside us and rearrange things—are sacred, even when they’re plainly imperfect.

Jack Kerouac was born 96 years ago today.

Jack Kerouac, a novelist known more for his biography, came into the world 96 years ago today. Nearly a half-century after that mass murderer Johnny Walker Red, and also, perhaps, a bar fight that resulted in a hernia, led to his demise, literate people know Kerouac the persona more than Kerouac the...
Author Frank Lauria's Jack Kerouac Pot Story

Happening today in Lowell.

LOWELL -- Jack Kerouac may have died long ago, but the annual celebrations of his birthday go on in the city he called home in his youth. Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Treasurer Steve Edington said the organization has partnered with a wide range of community groups for this year's celebration.
Jack Kerouac shared a link.
March 10
1 Chasco Fiesta Street Parade: The 70-year-old festival is the biggest event of the year in New Port Richey. The nine-day event opens Friday with a midway and Native American festival. Saturday bring

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When the Beatnik writer teamed up with jazz musicians in 1959. The second album from American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac has been released on limited “blues and yellow starburst coloured vinyl, via Real Gone Music. Read more: Radical poets: The story of the Beat generation in 10 rare records O...

Includes Glen Hall’s "Rub Out The Word," a multimedia tribute to William S. Burroughs, performed by an ensemble of local avant-jazz musicians.

Live At The Music Gallery launches today with newly released recordings by Merganzer, New Chance, Nukariik, SlowPitchSound, Dialectica and Glen Hall's Rub Out The Word

“There’s never been a time in my life where I’ve seen poetry as potentially challenging to current politics and current modes methods of violence. So I think speech at this moment, and particularly a poem, can be more dangerous now than it has ever been.”

'You have this metaphor for the military-industrial complex being a god of child sacrifice... It just hits you over the head."

How cool would this be?

LOWELL -- Since 1993, Dean Contover has written dozens of letters in his quest to create a Jack Kerouac postage stamp.
Kerouac's is a fantastic new little full-service remote Nevada restaurant and bar in Baker that is so delicious and well worth the drive.
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William S. Burroughs Quotes

"Thanksgiving Day Prayer" by William S. Burroughs.

Neal Cassady laying it down like only he could.

Neal Cassady, inspiration to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and the rest of the beats, hero of "On The Road," raps on the bus with the Merry Pranksters. Then ...

"When we’re alone he says ‘Your mother wrote and said your cat is dead.’ Ordinarily the death of a cat means little to most men, a lot to fewer men, but to me, and that cat, it was exactly and no lie and sincerely like the death of my little brother -- I loved Tyke with all my heart, he was my baby who as a kitten just slept in the palm of my hand and with his little head hanging down, or just purring for hours, just as long as I held him that way, walking or sitting -- He was like a floppy fur wrap around my wrist, I just twist him around my wrist or drape him and he just purred and purred and even when he got big I still held him that way, I could even hold that big cat in both hands with my arms outstretched right over my head and he’d just purr, he had complete confidence in me..."

~ Jack Kerouac, "Big Sur"

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"Flying under the popular musical radar were the beat poets and comics who shared their existential fears behind the sounds of a cool jazz combo."

Following the thread between jazz, the beat generation, and rap.

"The story line seems to always be the same: Bookshops are forced to keep a watchful eye on certain novels, namely those by the so-called “Beat” writers, a generation of stream of consciousness authors who bucked literary norms."

Some stores have become so frustrated that they keep certain titles behind the counter — and sell them by request.