Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On the Road: One drawing per page by Paul Rogers

Creating a drawing for each page of Jack Kerouac's On the Road is a cool concept by Paul Rogers and I thought readers would be interested. Click here for the fourth iteration. Previous entries are available under "Recent Articles." You have to do some digging to find the first two, but I have saved you the trouble - look under "Archive" in January and February 2013.

Or, click on the following links:

Illustrated Scroll 1-3
Illustrated Scroll 2
Illustrated Scroll 3
Illustrated Scroll 4

RIP, Bea Franco - "The Mexican Girl"

I just learned that Bea Franco, the real-life "Mexican Girl" from Jack Kerouac's On the Road, passed away last Thursday morning at age 92. Click here to read what Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Manana Means Heaven, had to say about Bea's passing.

RIP, Bea.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday, Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski would have been 93 years old on August 16, 2013. I missed acknowledging his birthday on his birthday because I was away from my computer for a couple of days. What's Buk got to do with Jack Kerouac, you ask? Well, for one thing, they were of the same generation, with Buk being born in 1920 and Jack in 1922. I've mentioned Buk in a past posting (click here), and reviewed a book about him by Linda King (click here).

Buk wasn't associated with the Beat Generation writers, but many who like Beat literature appreciate his work for its nonconformity and directness.

So, Happy Belated Birthday to a favorite author: Charles Bukowski.

If you want to read some of his work, click here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Technology, where is thy sting?

I just realized that reader comments are not appearing on my blog despite my having approved them. This is distressing and I don't know what the fix is. In any event, I really have been reading and publishing your comments - they just aren't appearing. Hopefully I'll figure this out soon . . . .

Friday, August 2, 2013

RIP William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs, one of the inner circle Beat Generation, died on this date in 1997. In his honor, read some Burroughs today, even if only an excerpt. You can find Junky for free here. Click here for some excerpts from Burroughs' final journals. If you go here you can read the transcript from a lecture he gave about writing in 1982 at the famous Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa University.

RIP, Old Bull Lee.