“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.
Jack Kerouac was born 96 years ago today.
Happening today in Lowell.
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Includes Glen Hall’s "Rub Out The Word," a multimedia tribute to William S. Burroughs, performed by an ensemble of local avant-jazz musicians.
“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.”
How cool would this be?
Neal Cassady laying it down like only he could.
"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"
"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."
"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."