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Jack Kerouac was a writer and poet who lived and wrote a lot during the late fifties and early sixties, during the time of free thinking, free love, and freedom of thought and action in rebellion against the standardized consumer oriented culture that was becoming more apparent in mainstream culture at that time.
Sound familiar? 🙂
He spent a lot of time travelling and was said to have written a part of “On the Road” (which is probably the best Jack Kerouac) Books in the backseat of a car while driving back and forth from San Francisco to New York City.
He drank too much and eventually ended up dying from alcoholism.
His writing was his art And it really is true art. You should definitely read at least one of his books in your lifetime, they are true works of art, masterpieces of English writing and literature.
But he lived an amazing life on the edge, and wrote a lot of awesome stuff along the way, like this:
This is a great book for anyone who wants the best of Collection of Jack Kerouac’s best stuff. Wow, Just The Dharma Bums alone or any one of these books by themselves is a life changing experience, here, you can get them all together in one:
Kerouac was a beatnik or beat writer.
He used the term “beat” to refer to the downtrodden, the underbelly of society, without hope or money, who were just trying to eat and have a good time, and basically get all they could out of life, because they weren’t worth anything to the man, who, in their eyes, put them in that situation in the first place.
Kerouac, as a beatnik writer, wrote his most famous work, “On the Road” in the backseat of a car. This book set a trend for many beatnik writers at the time. Kerouac himself was probably the most successful beatnik writer of his time, William Burroughs was a friend of Kerouac’s, and was well known in beatnik circles as well.
Best Jack Kerouac Books start here:
This is a copy of the original manuscript, word-for-word that looks exactly like the final draft of the original copy of On the Road.
“On the Road” was a story of mad adventure, crossing the continental US in a car going back and forth from NYC to San Francisco, and doing drugs all the whole time and having one mad crazy adventure, and meeting interesting characters along the way, hanging out with each other and conversing, telling crazy stories with loopholes, and twists and turns, excitement, and written with an energy and style rarely matched..
It is written in a loose and highly descriptive style with many angles to the plot. He created a lot of depth and meaning in his works, and they are still highly regarded by intellectuals and artists today as compelling works of literature that provide the raw essence of living life to it’s fullest.
It is all about making life a mystery, and an unpredictable one… you may never know what is going to happen next…
It is all a big adventure and mystery, and you must remember to make it that way…
He teaches the reader to open themselves up to that whole way of seeing.
You create your own reality, and it adds up over time…
More on Kerouac
One more thing I want to add, Kerouac was the one who used the idea of writing without with an eraser, like taking things as they come, and used this technique in his writings at times.
Not taking anything back, but making each moment count in the overall scheme of things, that’s what he means by writing without an eraser.
That is why On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) <-The best Jack Kerouac Books start with this one, for sure…
More on capturing the original essence of Kerouac’s work:
Some of the notes he kept with him are some of the most interesting things to read by him.
This book has copies of original notes he took when he was travelling in the early fifties.
If you want some of the best Jack Kerouac books, you should probably start with his notes first, maybe to sorta understand where he is coming from, you know? 🙂
Here are a few Jack Kerouac Quotes for you
Here is another Jack Kerouac Quote for your perusal:
“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”
and here’s some other Jack Kerouac Quotes:
“Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing.
I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing.
It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away?
Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Portable Jack Kerouac (Penguin Classics) <–this is one of the best Jack Kerouac books to read if you want a loose overview of his work and style.
Here is another quote. Feel free to use or pin any of these quotes as you wish. Thanks.
I really like the one about the mad ones, the topmost image.
Have you read his book The Town and the City? – It is one of the best Jack Kerouac Books there is.
^ wow what a good read, one of his first and most beautifully written, and highly readable writings, an extremely good and touching book; it comes highly recommended.
My favorite part is where it says something about the most beautiful things are sometimes sad. Sad but beautiful, I think it was.
It is at the close of one of the chapters. in The Town and the City, which was his first book, and is an amazing read that touches and moves the reader.
He is the most popular beat writer by far now, partly because he lived it, and partly because he was in the right place at the right time, and other reasons, probably.
Beatniks were in part inspired by the dadaists and surrealists in visual art Dadaism and Surreal Art <— If you would like to know more about dadaist ideas.
One of the most famous Surrealists, as many may know, was Salvador Dali, who wrote this amazing book: 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
which I absolutely love. It has at least a hundred amazing pen and ink sketches, along with amazing technique explanations by Dali himself. 🙂
More on Dadaist ideas like stream of conciousness
Some of the ideas like stream of consciousness, (which is related to the no eraser idea) were used to get many ideas for both of these art forms, both visual, and written forms of what had carried over from dadaist art.
Stream of consciousness is kind of like free writing, where you just write, and let the words unfold as if they were like a fountain pouring from your inner being… letting the words flow from the pen or keyboard without stopping to take a break or think.
This way it is more of a subconscious type thing where you can explore what is really on your mind, and this can be different things at different times, depending on environment, mood, and circumstance the writer is experiencing.
Also, dadaists, who inspired the beatniks (and the surrealists, like Dali), also thought that a higher reality could be achieved if you combined different unrelated ideas or things.
More of the best Jack Kerouac books
In The Paris Review, they interviewed many of the writers from the beat generation in this book: Beat Writers at Work (Modern Library) There are insights on the artists’ creative processes, and it is an extremely interesting read….It also has Jack Kerouac Quotes I’m not sure which ones, and there are many quotes out there if you get his books, they are jam packed full of information livery, enthusiasm for life, and raw unadulterated energy, which is why they are so popular and people love these books, for real, it is a treasure.
It is all about writing how you feel, and getting into exciting situations, and experiencing life to the fullest and then sharing it by writing it or capturing it in artistic form. But you have to write it well, and you have to know how to write, You have to have a style.
Art as Experience – Art is experience. It is all about havin a ballin time, and putting it into your art.
Art in any form can be an outward expression of our experiences, as we perceive them. Jack Kerouac has a definite style and energy which pervades his work, it is that of experiencing life I guess sorta just like in the fast lane without looking back.
The words of Jack Kerouac are a reflection of this energy he has himself experienced firsthand.
You can’t just start writing something and hope it will be good, some can, but they may have been writing for many years before they can just sit down and write a book, it takes a little thought and some contemplation before you just sit down and decide to write a beatnik book, or off the wall poetry, chances are, if it is not very deep, and if it is overtly simple and trite, perhaps, then maybe it will be something that not too many people will read.
So he had a lot of practice writing already when he wrote these books, enough said…
Many poets write for themselves, and nothing else, no one else reads them, but they go through the thought process, and it makes a difference, at least someone may read them, but anyways, it does affect timing, heck, everything affects timing, but that is another conversation altogether. (Everything is infinite in the holographic universe).
Beatniks as Iconoclasts
Jack Kerouac and other beat writers and artists were iconoclasts of their times, against the man made false life that was presented to them, and they brought attention to the excitement which could be possible if people would really see life for what it could be. They sought chaos and pure excitement.
Life could be a continuous adventure, or on the other hand, it could be a bitter, depressing, and ordinary existence if one lets it become that becoming more bitter as the days progress..
That comes from all the times I have read the best Jack Kerouac Books.
It is up to the individual to create their own version of reality and be true to themselves before any manifestation of a inner knowing and balance in ones own self can be achieved, and fun can be attained.
This also must happen in each individual before any shift can be achieved on a larger scale.
It is an existential crisis, a struggle between a structured, logical mundane existence, and one that is complex, has variety of experience, is round, circular, cyclical, and illogical, and always with a diverse complexity of experience and interest.
It is this world that Kerouac and other beat writers want to open up to the audience to understand through their work. This organic roundness can also be translated into other art forms, take Architecture, for example. Man made 90 degree angles rarely occur in nature.
Why does man put them everywhere? Why can’t our buildings have the same complex, illogical ecological based roundness that is inherent in nature, translated, designed, and incorporated into a variety of rich architectural experiences for the user? That, however, is a different conversation altogether.
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Best Jack Kerouac Books are here, because he is a classic, in a sense.
Some people just want to read Jack Kerouac Quotes, so here’s another couple for ya:
“Avoid the world, it’s just a lot of dust and drag and means nothing in the end.”
“All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land.”
“Write in recollection and amazement for yourself”
“Believe in the holy contour of life”
More Jack Kerouac Quotes fromBest Jack Kerouac Books >
“Who knows, my God, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion actually, the veritable holy honey, beneath all this show of personality and cruelty?”
“He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful, that nothing was done quickly, without labor, that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings, revisings, moldings, addings, removings, graftings, tearings, correctings, smoothings, rebuildings, reconsiderings, nailings, tackings, chippings, hammerings, hoistings, connectings — all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor. They went on forever and were forever incomplete, far from perfect, refined, or smooth, full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure, yet, in the way of things, somehow noble, complete, and shining in the end. This he could sense even from the old house they lived in, with its solidly built walls and floors that held together like rock: some man, possibly an angry pessimistic man, had built the house long ago, but the house stood, and his anger and pessimism and irritable labourious sweats were forgotten; the house stood, and other men lived in it and were sheltered well in it.” from: The Town and the City
“I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”
“Now you understand the Oriental passion for tea,” said Japhy. “Remember that book I told you about; the first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.”
“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”
” The happiness consists in realizing that it is all a great strange dream.”
“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH…”
“And I will die, and you will die, and we all will die, and even the stars will fade out one after another in time.”
~Jack Kerouac Quotes
This article is about the man, yo, Kerouac was a total iconoclast as a writer.
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