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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 1993)
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Jun 02, 2009 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
Feb 04, 2008 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
christopher leibow
Apr 18, 2008 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.
Sep 10, 2008 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! 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.
Raccolta di racconti e scritti vari, non tutti a mio gusto interessanti.
Il libro vale la spesa anche solo per il primo racconto, Bella Bionda e tutta la sezione intitolata Sulla Strada, per Il mio gatto Tyke e per sentirlo "parlare" di Shakespeare e Celine.

Ma la mattina, dopo aver dormito un po', ecco che l'America si sveglia di nuovo per te nella luce brillante del mattino assolato, l'erba fresca e l'autostoppista stravaccato a dormire al sole, con la sua valigia di cartone e il giaccone che lo
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of Kerouac ephemera. Arranged thematically, there's something here for every stripe of Kerouac fan, covering a wide range of his writing career.
Jenny Maloney
Jun 30, 2011 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
Don Zabriskie
Jul 28, 2016 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
Aaron Martinsen
Aug 04, 2008 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
Jun 27, 2008 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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Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac 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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