Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac!

| The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor: "It's the birthday of Jack Kerouac, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922, the author of On the Road (1957), a book that brought him instant fame and labels like 'King of the Beats' and 'the voice of a generation.' Writers Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Lester Bangs, and Tom Robbins have all pointed to Kerouac as a defining influence on their writing. And songwriter Bob Dylan said about On the Road: 'It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.'"


Todd Mason said...

I'll take the mildly self-promoting opportunity to mention my post with the link to Kerouac's film, written and narrated by (with David Amram's score), PULL MY DAISY, at
or hit the hotlink on my name.

Dan said...

I had the happy experience of re-reading ON THE ROAD last year while on a slow-moving train from Prescott to the Grand Canyon as a bad troubador sang old cowboy songs. Kerouac's prose somehow made everything more vivid.