has anyone read the dharma bums?
>>By k8e b (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
Yeah I have nothing special. I heard that in America they study his work in universities. I find him rather drab
>>By Gazza (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
i love Jack kerouac. dharma bums is probably one of the best books i've ever read.
>>By double parked (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
GAZZA-KEROUAC IS NOT TAUGHT AT MOST AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AS THE FACULTY ARE FLAKY OLD HIPPIES OR OLDER. the beats are unfortunately not revered.
>>By MAGA DOG (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
dharma bums is great. try VISIONS OF CODY. that'll break yr. brainpan in a minute.
>>By maga dog (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
MagaDog I was taught Dharma Bums in my freshman English lit class at FSU
>>By Angel (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
It is one of his greatest works
>>By Angel (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
Does anybody know where i can find literary criticism on all Kerouac books? I need to find literary criticism for Tristessa.
>>By aqt4dmb (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)
I graduated from hs in Riverside, Calif in 1958 at 17 and there were a few beatniks around and one or two coffeehouses. I think Kerouac was very talented, but hooked on bennies (speed) and later booze. He died drunk at 47, in his mothers house, full of contempt for hippies and the anti war movement. He hooked up with Wm F Buckley, of all people. In Dharma Bums he mentions Riverside as a place to stay out ot because of the nasty cops. Anyway, there are young people today who know who Kerouac was and admire him. But hitchhiking anywhere? Not today.
>>By Michael Difani (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:16)
I know a present-day "closet" Kerouac wannabe--it's scary. Anybody know another one??
>>By elle (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:16)
elle, when you mean a " closet " case Kerouac, what do you mean, and why is it scary. Not to say that your views of this person are wrong, but I think a lot of people look to someone of the past to drive them in the present.
>>By clint (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:16)
I have read a lot of Jack's stuff, and I can't help but feel I am sitting somewhere looking at a man's thoughts. Jack was different than the rest of us. I, a recovering speed freak, have constantly found myself looking for something that was never there, or trying to recreate past experiences. This is what made Jack's writings what they are, this is also what killed him. It is funny to think the times, the world , almost everything has changed, but yet we all are looking for the same thing, always have been.
>>By duffy (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:16)
I am looking for a person to do some work on in school and i have read alot of kerouac, but one of the requirements is that this person i choose must be admirable and i don't know i thought i would ask your opinion, do you think Kerouac is admirable: led a good life. I don't know?
>>By lou (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:16)
Jack admirable? That's a good one, was Jesus admirable at the time of his death or even now? Admirable to a bunch of writer';s just a little left or a little to the right of popular opinion? I
can't speak for everyone, but... I was raised on midwest USA beliefs, I am now a 47 yr. old university student, writing a screen play of a satirical On The Road, concerning the Cold War and the poityicqal politics of 1953, a high piece of fiction. Was Jack admirable ? Hell yes, he was. Thanks JM
>>By Jack M. (Saturday, 8 Feb 2003 08:09)
It does not MATTER about Jack. He will always be my Jack. Ti Pousse; always Gerard. Angel=Gerard!
>>By Ryan (Saturday, 15 Feb 2003 07:17)
dharma bums is possibly the best book ever written, it should be taught at all universities.
>>By Bobmnon (Monday, 24 Mar 2003 21:12)
my favorites: The Subterraneans, Tristessa, Big Sur - all is pre-ordained, love is hopelessly doomed, death is the only game in town - so in the meantime let's bop around the country diggin' jazz
>>By olddog (Sunday, 30 Mar 2003 08:28)
This being to the person at the top...
I've done alot of hitch-hiking and train-hopping around, and writing about my experiences.
then oneday a person I met hitch-hiking asked if I liked Jack Kerouac, at the time I had never heard of him, but now have learned to enjoy his writing, and yes, it is still very possible to hitch-hike around. I just wanted to clear that up....and to the other guy there,,, doing a report on an admireable person. Well there isn't anyone that is admirable to everyone, and obviously you admire Kerouac, so yeah do your report on him, tell the teacher, I admire him so he is an admireable person.
>>By Sidney (Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 07:17)
dont you know that God is Pooh Bear??
>>By tink (Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 20:00)
He was a fantastic man,when i read his poems i feal strange,fear,rage,torture...........
>>By Minona (Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003 12:04)
How about contributing to my next prose masterpiece by sending me (as you sent Burroughs) a bottle of SM pills, with a bill if that is feasible. Allen said I could knock off a daily chapter with 2 SM's and be done with a whole novel in a month.
Really serious about that, if you can manage it. I'm curious to know what would come out. As you know, in NY, there was no chance to write anything.
Your questionnaire required some modifications on my part, much like the questionnaires for taxpayers, So I explain some at the end.
It may interest you, Coach, to learn with horror that I now weigh 190! Ugh! I dont wanta be a Guard! I wanta be a scatback!
Oh ! Too late !
Have you got Allen's Europe address other than Paris Am/Express?
Or I can send bill ahead of time...I mean, I really want some & don't want to inconvenience in any way. Okay, Coach...
my address is JK c/o Blake P.O Box 700, Orlando, Fla.
Am gone to Mexico villages now. Hope to see you this winter in New England for a ragged furious round of ice hockey!
>>By $15.47 Jack K. (Wednesday, 7 May 2003 13:48)
One of my favorites is a small, heartbreaking little book called The Suberranians. Our hero struggles with an interracial relationship. The writing is so honest it hurts. Very good and a "speedy" read.
>>By drop (Monday, 19 May 2003 21:55)
What are peoples opinions on Naked Lunch by William Burroughs? Is is art or stoned ramblings?
>>By Mel (Wednesday, 28 May 2003 14:03)
What's the difference mel?... Kerouac is swell.
>>By Ronin (Wednesday, 28 May 2003 20:53)
"The Dharma Bums" killz!
>>By Nebulae Architect (Thursday, 5 Jun 2003 16:47)
read on the road in 1967 and along with dylan hwy 61 revisited i was propelled across the country hitchhiking have to read it again
>>By beeg (Sunday, 8 Jun 2003 21:33)
Best Kerouac? 'On the road', and 'Dharma Bums'
Best line? 'The only people for me are the mad ones,,,
>>By linus3 (Tuesday, 28 Oct 2003 22:01)
First time I read Kerouak1968,First book "On the road".
I simply love the man! Great writer!
>>By theodoramaffat (Thursday, 30 Oct 2003 04:48)
The thing which makes Kerouac great is that he puts everything into his writing.He slashes open his gut and invites us to augur in his entrails with him.Speaking of his later life as though it reflected poorly on his sincerity in what he wrote doesnt factor in the emptiness that he sought through buddism turning to an emptiness of absolute meaning.He saw too vividly and eventually it made him blind
>>By goddog (Thursday, 30 Oct 2003 08:10)
Not only in America his works are studied at the university. In Poland in Poznan where Im a student in English Department his works are studied as well - mainly 'On The Road'
>>By woland22 (Thursday, 30 Oct 2003 21:27)
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