Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
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Old Angel Midnight

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  177 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Old Angel Midnight" (1959) was one result of Kerouac's automatic writing experiments in which he would spill his chemically inspired thoughts onto paper to see what came out. Though Kerouac was initially denounced by literary critics as an oddball, his spontaneous twistings and turnings of language rate well with those of Joyce and Stein, and time has proven him to be an i...more
Hardcover, 67 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Grey Fox Press (first published 1973)
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Certainly the most intriguing and challenging of Kerouac's works that I have read to date, at the same time it feels like there is great meaning which lies hidden just below the surface, just out of reach. This was an incredibly brave move from Kerouac (some might say even 'foolish' as it was bound to invite derision from the anti-Kerouac crusade launched by the press and which still exists to some degree to this day). It is also Jack at his MOST spontaneous.

I have a feeling that Jack lamented t...more
This is one of my favorite book of poetry ever, I think because it's so surreal. Poetry often escapes me because I don't have the patience for interpretation. I like prose because it is either telling me an interesting story, or teaching me about something. Poetry generally does neither of those things, it is more like feelings turned into words and that is pretty confusing for me, as if I have no point of reference I cannot share the feeling being expounded upon. It must just be the way my brai...more
Chris Meger
This is a book that must be enjoyed out loud. Read it to yourself, or better, have someone you love read it to you. Wonderful.
Aug 05, 2007 Donnie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not many
Shelves: poetry
I read this because I thought it meant I was sophisticated. I was an idiot, and this book is really really bad.
Rhythmic perfection. Kerouac embodies all that is holy.
reading the book again this time to teach abut automatic writing works agains the automatic wiring of the brain jack kerouac listens to what his window says. it was his "other" project, a collection of the world's sounds and connection to his Buddha-self the swirling and ecstasy of the sounds that create life, the seed syllables of the ancient creation. do you teach by talking do you teach by having others talk do you teach by writing do you teach by having others write. imagine: it is summer ou...more
a fun read for Jack enthusiasts. more naughty language than normal, which felt refreshing because there is much ground to cover here; along with flashing midnight stars, San Fran streets, Lowell rivers, beer soaked bar room floors, and the eyelashes of Beat poets).
Jun 19, 2011 Benito is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
well, listening actually - came across a reading by some well versed readers, and really, this is a free-style rant very much in the poetic aural tradition, so that works, until I come across the text as some point...
Jason Yarborough
I used to have the first stanza memorized. It took over a minute to recite and was probably very annoying at parties...
Della serie: bisogna pubblicare tutto ciò che ha scritto Kerouac perché tira. Ma che è?!
Jon Shaw
Drunken ramblings of a once great man.
m. soria
kerouac at his finest.
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Learn to breathe. 1 5 Oct 11, 2008 12:53AM  
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. He is perhaps the best known of a group of writers and friends who came to be known as the Beat Generation, a term he himself created.

Kerouac's work was popular, but received little critical acclaim during his lifetime. Today, he is considered an important and influential writer who inspired others, including Tom Robbins, Lester Bang...more
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