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We Couldn’t Stand It

“It was horrible to hear Camille sobbing so.  We couldn’t stand it and went out to buy beer.”  ~Jack Kerouac as Sal Paradise in On The Road, ©1957 Not exactly overflowing with the milk of human kindness, are you there, Jack?

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“It’s sad and I don’t like it.”

Excerpted from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1957: Dean was having his kicks; he put on a jazz record, grabbed Marylou, held her tight, and bounced against her with the beat of the music. She bounced right back. It was a real love dance. lan MacArthur came in with a huge gang. The New …

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Sam Gaillard

Jack Kerouac mentioned Slim Gaillard in On The Road, so I looked him up.  He’s mesmerizing:  

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Jack and Rita

Excerpted from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1957: Then I went to meet Rita Bettencourt and took her back to the apartment. I got a her in my bedroom after a long talk in the dark of the front room. She was a nice little girl, simple and true, and tremendously frightened of sex. …

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*sigh*

Tom the Dancing Bug is on the web HERE.

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Desolate

The voice in Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Angles is definitely different than the voice of On The Road or Dharma Bums.  There are passages where he almost sounds like E.E. Cummings (but maybe it’s just the parenthesis).

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We Could Be Heroes

From (of all places) Rotten.com: In fact, (Jack) Kerouac too styled his friend a hero, specifically the “new American Hero”. Recall that in the 50s and 60s, many young people felt smothered by the American Dream. Adult America was obsessed with living the Good Life, and with protecting the American way of life — rescued …

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Lucille

And yet another excerpt from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1955: I brought Lucille and her sister to the biggest party. When Lucille saw me with Dean and Marylou her face darkened– she sensed the madness they put in me. “I don’t like you when you’re with them.” “Ah, it’s all right, it’s just …

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Wait: You did what, now?

Another excerpt from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1955: I went out to the cemetery and climbed a tree.  In the tree I sang “Blue Skies.”  Terry and Johnny sat in the grass; we had grapes. There are certain passages in this book that sound like they’re straight out of Zippy the Pinhead.

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