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September 26, 1995
"I looked greedily out the window: stucco houses and palms and drive-ins, the whole mad thing, the ragged promised land, the fantastic end of America." JACK KEROUAC, On the Road
May 6, 2005 |
Ruth, Cobb, Mays, DiMaggio, Kerouac? A bobble-head doll of Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac created in 2003 as a promotion by the minor-league Lowell (Mass.) Spinners has joined the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kerouac, who was born in Lowell in 1922, is believed to be the first literary figure so honored. "The Hall of Fame's collections are rich and diverse, given baseball's history and role in helping to shape and define American culture," Hall spokesman Jeff Idelson said.
July 2, 2007 |
Admirers of author Jack Kerouac celebrated the 50th anniversary of "On the Road" with a marathon reading of the novel. Fans and some close friends of the late author took turns reading his most famous novel aloud at Naropa University in Boulder. About 150 people listened to the cover-to-cover reading, which took 12 hours and kicked off the university's inaugural Kerouac Festival.
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May 11, 2013 |
Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88. A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet and artist, Mead was visiting family in Colorado when he had a stroke, said his niece, Priscilla Mead. Called "the Charlie Chaplin of the 1960s underground," Mead was an elfin figure with kewpie-doll eyes who appeared, by his count, in 130 films, starting with the 1960 art house classic "The Flower Thief.
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December 18, 2005 |
Fans of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel "On the Road" will soon have the chance to see a portion of the original 120-foot manuscript that inspired a subculture of restless Beats. Thirty-six feet, a little less than one-third, of the yellowed scroll will be available for viewing at the San Francisco Public Library from Jan. 14 to March 19. The exhibit at the Jewett Gallery will also include books and pictures that detail Kerouac's life and the history of the Beat Generation.
May 23, 2001 |
The original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a groundbreaking novel that became a bible of the Beat Generation, sold at Christie's in New York for $2.43 million, a record for a literary manuscript at auction. The buyer of the 120-foot-long, single-spaced typed scroll was Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, who deemed his purchase "a stewardship" of the work.
June 3, 2001 |
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who bought Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" manuscript last month for $2.43 million, said the frayed scroll will be restored by preservationists at Indiana University. Kerouac wrote the book during a marathon three-week period in 1951 on sheets of paper filled with single-spaced type and taped together to form a 120-foot-long roll. The edges of the cramped typescript are now eaten by time, paper deterioration and damage blamed on a dog that once gnawed on it.
October 30, 2013 |
Earlier this week, I saw Michael Polish's film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel “Big Sur,” which opens Friday. The book is one of my favorites: dark, brooding, the flip side of the Beat road legend, a story of isolation and spiritual despair. In it, we confront Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Duluoz, as he tries to reconnect with himself at a quiet cabin in Bixby Canyon. But he is already too far gone in his dissolution (Kerouac died in 1969, at age 47, of an esophageal hemorrhage, what his biographer Gerald Nicosia described as a “classic drunkard's death”)