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- first off, you need to read on the road by jack kerouac. it is based on the travels of kerouac and his friends across america. it is considered a defining work of the postwar beat and counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry and drug use. the novel is a roman à clef, with many key figures in the beat movement, such as william s. burroughs (old bull lee) and allen ginsberg (carlo marx) represented by characters in the book, including kerouac himself, as the narrator sal paradise.
- second, have you read howl - or its footnote? if not, i suggest you do because, personally, howl is the reason i began writing poetry, allen ginsberg in general is the reason i wanted to become a writer. you’ll be able to identify little things in this poem that are about lucien, jack, bill, neal, etc etc - you’ll even get direct mentions when reading it’s accompanied footnote. you’ll love it, i swear.
- thirdly, here are some letters that kerouac has written that mention carr to various people, including lucien himself. have fun with that.
- fourthly, here you can find lucien carr's obituary - where he is referred to as “a literary lion who never roared” you even get a nice picture of him, allen and willy at the top. here you can also read jack kerouac's obituary where he was referred to as the “father of the beat generation”. here you can read allen ginsberg's obituary, where he is referred to as “master poet of the beat generation”. here you can read william s. burroughs' obituary, where he is referred to as a “renegade writer”.
- fifthly, you should probably read vanity of duluoz. the book describes the adventures of kerouac’s alter ego, jack duluoz, covering the period of his life between 1935 and 1946. the book includes reminiscences of his high school experiences in lowell, massachusetts, his education at columbia university, and his subsequent naval service during world war II. it culminates with the beginnings of the beat movement. it was the last work published before kerouac’s death in 1969. (the book also includes appearances by carr, ginsberg, burroughs, parker (edie) and kammerer) all under aliases, of course.
- ok and now you should probably read and the hippos were boiled in their tanks, the infamous novel written by burroughs and kerouac concerning the murder of david kammerer. this novel was written in 1945, before the two became famous as being leading figures of the beat generation and remained unpublished for many years until november of 2008.
- now its time to get into william s. burroughs, innit? i suggest reading naked lunch, the reader follows the narration of junkie william lee, who takes on various aliases, from the us to mexico, eventually to tangier and the dreamlike interzone. the vignettes (which burroughs called “routines”) are drawn from burroughs’ own experience in these places, and his addiction to drugs (heroin, morphine, and while in tangier, “majoun”—a strong marijuana confection—as well as a german opioid, brand name eukodol, of which he wrote frequently)
- now, since you’ve watched kyd, i can only assume you haven’t watched howl - or maybe you did, who knows. howl is a 2010 american experimental film which explores both the six gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century american poet allen ginsberg’s noted poem howl. the film is written and directed by rob epstein and jeffrey friedman and stars james franco as ginsberg.
- there’s also a cool film you can watch called beat 2000 - beat is a 2000 american drama film written and directed by gary walkow, concerning the period of writer william s. burroughs’ life that he spent with his wife, the late joan vollmer, leading up to her accidental murder in 1951. the film stars kiefer sutherland as burroughs, courtney love as joan, norman reedus as lucien carr, and ron livingston as allen ginsberg.
- and since one of my very close friends is the best; she’s provided me with a download link of the kerouac/ginsberg letters, whereas i would have been far too lazy to type them all out for you on a google doc. let’s all give a warm thank you to aina.
- and last but not least, a character key of jack kerouac’s novels, because he respectfully uses aliases and this might make it easier for you to determine who’s who in each novel.
now OF COURSE there are many, many more works written by the beats and this is merely a taste, a long, long taste, but i hope i’ve helped you out some. when you’re done with this plethora of shit, you can always go read the rest of their notable works, as this is merely a stepping stone for you!
have a nice day and happy reading/watching!
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
But I do not wish to escape to myself, I wish to escape from myself. I wish to obliterate my consciousness and my knowledge of independent existence, my guilts, my secretiveness, what you would (perhaps unkindly) call my “hypocrisy”. I am no child of nature, I am ugly and imperfect to myself, and I cannot through poetry or romantic visions exalt myself to symbolic glory.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.
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