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Good Blonde & Others

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In these uncollected writings Jack Kerouac portrays himself in his life. He hitches a ride to San Francisco with a blonde, goes on the road with photographer Robert Frank, rides bus through the Northwest and Montana, records the blues of an old Negro hobo, talks about the Beats and how it all began, gives his "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" and defends his novel The Subt ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2001 by Grey Fox Press (first published February 24th 1998)
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Jenny Maloney
Jul 22, 2011 Jenny Maloney rated it liked it
Recommends it for: writerly types
Best part about this book:

The sections where Kerouac talks his writing style. There are two selection/chapters that cover this "spontaneous prose": "The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" and "Belief & Technique for Modern Prose." Both are kind of checklists; but how-to lists might be more accurate. Interesting, downright fascinating...though I'm not 100% sure what to do with stuff like #14 in "Belief": "Like Proust, be an old teahead of time." But I can certainly get behind #29: "You're a Gen
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Dan
Jun 30, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
Fans of Kerouac know that his books are more than just stories about hitchhiking and looking for kicks—they’re also about his jazz-influenced literary style. In this collection of writings, in addition to discussions of the Beat Generation and the meaning and origin of the term “beat” as he employs it, Kerouac comments on writing—his own, Allen Ginsberg’s, Gregory Corso’s, William Shakespeare’s, James Joyce’s. He writes about hitchhiking, the photography of Robert Frank, jazz and bop, and his ho ...more
Meagan
Feb 04, 2008 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first Kerouac books I ever got was a copy of Dharma Bums that was printed sometime in the mid 70s. The cover has a picture of two longhairs canoodling in the grass during one of those gauzy, burnt-umber sunsets that seemed to only happen on Bread LP covers. Beneath the picture, there's a little blurb that kind of makes my skin crawl. It says something along the lines of "by Jack Kerouac, the swinging daddy of the psychedelic generation, the man who started it all."

This collection isn
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Sara
Jun 21, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da amante di Kerouac in quel modo esclusivo che ci spinge a identificarci con la nostra passione per un autore preferito, gli scritti che solitamente apprezzo di più sono quelli che stanno fuori dai romanzi, in quanto rivelatrici di un Jack più autentico e vicino alla nostra quotidianità, tanto che a volte sembra quasi di vederlo e sentirlo parlare. Sebbene non sia la migliore delle raccolte in circolazione, "Bella Bionda" ha saputo comunque regalarmi nuove gioie in questo senso. Quasi volesse ...more
Don Zabriskie
Aug 18, 2016 Don Zabriskie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Challenging to Read

Just completed this volume of collected writings. I would recommend it as an introduction to Kerouac. I'll definitely want to travel with him On the Road someday, but this sort of reading leads to a strong desire for a less strenuous effort for awhile.
Surprisingly it was not the further road stories, essays on writing or baseball, nor his other musings that I found the most
Interesting. Rather, it was his dystopian future world fiction, cityCityCITY, with the alternative endin
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Aaron Martinsen
Aug 04, 2008 Aaron Martinsen rated it it was ok
The problem making it your policy as a writer to take a bunch of speed and sit down at a typewriter and let your fingers fly until you feel like stopping and then calling whatever you just wrote a book, is that unless you have been planning the thing in your head for seven or eight years (like with On the Road), your book is going to be a big piece of crap with a few really great sentences here and there.
Paul Grimsley
Sep 15, 2008 Paul Grimsley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kerouac fans and people new to his work.
Shelves: essential-beat
When you buy these apocryphal books you are taking a gamble -- hoping that there is something worth reading in the pile left that wasn't already issued in the main canon of a writer's works. With some people it is disappointingly meagre offerings that show you nothing new about the writer; that sully the perfect picture you had, or at least taint it.

This book was a pleasant surprise. Kerouac on classic literature, on sport, and Kerouac doing science fiction. This would serve not only as an esse
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christopher leibow
May 12, 2008 christopher leibow rated it really liked it
In someways I feel Kerouac has been over rated as a writer but when he is on he is on. This is a great collection of his writings when he is in a true Kerouacian zone. His writing on Jazz needs to be added to the Jazz writing cannon. His defense of the Subterraneans ( One of the best books he ever wrote) is excellent. If you want to introduce someone to Kerouac try this book, The Dharma Bums and Subterraneans.
R.
Sep 10, 2008 R. added it
Shelves: 1974-2002
Vampires were also thought to be the souls of ordinary living people which leave the body in sleep and come upon other sleepers in the form of down-fluff!...so don't sleep in your duck-down sleepingbag in Transylvania! (or even in California, they say).
Actually, don't worrry...scientifically speaking, the only blood-sucking bats in the world are located in South America from Oaxaca on down.


Kerouac obv. knew more than he was sharing.
Jim
Jan 02, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
I bought this book some years ago and it was not so great that i would recommend it to anyone, especially Kerouac fans. I was watching the PICNIC recently and i do believe the story that William Holden's character was telling of fortunes/misfortunes of hitchiking is from the Good Blonde.
Michela
Un po' delusa dal titolo. Non si tratta di storie nel senso di racconti ma piuttosto di brani estrapolati dai vari diari di Kerouac. Di racconti veri e propri ce ne saranno al massimo due, il resto si può leggere ma si può anche saltare. A discrezione della volontà e della pazienza del lettore.
Lea
Jan 24, 2014 Lea rated it it was ok
There's not a story in here I would recommend other than the first. Good Blonde is the only story and the rest are just rambles.

This book has largely put me off from reading more of his work anytime soon however I believe that this is far from his best. Or so I can hope.
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Born on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
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