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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.
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”)
September 14, 2001 |
Nancy Balbirer, author and solo performer of "I Slept With Jack Kerouac," is far too young and attractive for her claim to be taken at face value. It's something of a relief, therefore, to discover that her affair with the legendary beat author took place in a metaphorical fantasy, that the laws of time and chronology still hold. Nevertheless, there's a compelling emotional honesty in the trio of autobiographical monologues making up Balbirer's performance piece at the Gascon Center Theatre.
July 27, 2006 |
Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" will be published in its unedited original scroll version by Viking Press, which published the Beat Generation classic in September 1957. John Sampas, executor of the writer's literary estate and brother of Stella Sampas, Kerouac's third wife, said he has signed a contract with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. He hopes the work will be out by the end of next year, the 50th anniversary of publication.
September 28, 1986
The "missing clue" to the cause of Jack Kerouac's alcoholism (re: Michael Wilmington's review of "What Happened to Kerouac," Sept. 20) is simple: There is none. From the position of the American Medical Assn. and my own experience as a recovering alcoholic, the search for a reason or motivation for alcoholism comes from an old view that the disease can be altered if one just figured out "what was troubling him." Instead, it is a deteriorating allergy that is yet unexplained, but can only be solved by not taking that drink.
May 24, 2005 |
An unpublished three-act play by Jack Kerouac, based on his drunken Beat adventures, has been discovered recently and will be excerpted next month in Best Life magazine. "The part we're excerpting will show Kerouac and Neal Cassady at a racetrack, and they're partying and gambling," Best Life editor in chief Stephen Perrine said Monday. "But they're also talking about reincarnation and other obsessions. It's more an exploration of their inner lives."