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  • seandodson 12:50 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , beat movement, Jack Kerouac,   

    Every sentence of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, retold for the brothers.

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  • seandodson 12:17 am on April 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adaptations, Alan Ginsberg, beat generation, , beat writing, Ben Whishaw, , , Jack Kerouac, kill your darlings, , ,   

    Kill Your Darlings: biopic to revisit the birth of the beat generation 

    1980177272_168a288a721I’m intrigued to learn that the life of Lucien Carr is to be made into a film. Carr was the man who introduced writers Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (to be played by British actor Ben Whishaw).

    Kill Your Darlings revisits an infamous night in 1944 when Carr stabbed his friend David Kammerer to death. He was later convicted of the manslaughter. Kerouac spent a night in the clink for helping Carr dispose of the knife.

    It’s difficult to gauge how good it will be; films about the Beat Movement have been so uniformly dire, which is strange because you’d have thought that the movement would be made on the silver screen. All that great music; those wide open roads; the scenes of bohemian hedonism have somehow never been successfully translated to the cinema.

    + Incidentally there is a decent-looking Kerouac documentary is doing the festivals circuit.

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  • seandodson 6:55 pm on April 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , book, , Jack Kerouac, , , Stefanie Posavec, , travel writing   

    Mapping on the road with Jack 

    Just over 60 year’s ago, Jack Kerouac made his momentus journey across America. While googling around looking for hotels where other famous writers wrote classic books (any tips most gratefully recieved), I came across this map, apparently from one of Kerouac’s own diaries, which shows the itinerary of that fateful journey across America between July to October 1947, much of which would later serve as the backdrop for On the Road. I’ve always loved the early writings of Jack Kerouac, indeed I would go so far as to say that reading On the Road when I was seventeen probably changed my life.

    The most beautiful map connected with Kerouac is this one by artist Stefanie Posavec who has drawn a most beautiful representation of the opening chapters of On The Road. Her maps explore the patterns of the text in a literary space. According to NOTCOT, “the maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Kerouac’s literary space, creating works that are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes, Posavec’s approach to the text is not unlike that of a surveyor.”

     
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