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Teenage Jack Kerouac: in love with ‘a goddess’ and dreaming of sex

A newly discovered cache of letters by the On the Road writer shows him drunk on romance – and honing his literary skills<p>“I shall worship her with quiet dignity. I shall draw her attention to me by exploits, success, and possibly a small measure of fame,” wrote a young, romantically inclined Jack …

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Visions of Jack Kerouac ... in an epic 13 volumes

I read Jack Kerouac's On the Road for the first time on the way to the bull-running at Pamplona in 1991, on a rattling 24-hour bus ride from London. I missed most of France, my nose buried in the paperback – captivated, as all 21-year-olds should be, by Kerouac's bebop prose, his freedom and …

Paris Review - Jack Kerouac, The Art of Fiction No. 41

Interviewed by Ted Berrigan<p>Issue 43, Summer 1968<p>Jack Kerouac, ca. 1956. Photograph by Tom Palumbo<p>The Kerouacs have no telephone. Ted Berrigan had contacted Kerouac some months earlier and had persuaded him to do the interview. When he felt the time had come for their meeting to take place, he …

Write What You Know

We've all heard the old dictum: "Write what you know."<p>In a very general sense, that's probably true, but there's much more to writing novels than sticking with those areas with which you are familiar by virtue of training or education.<p>As a physician, forensic psychiatrist and novelist, it would be …

Truth and Secrets in Memoir Writing

When you’re nine years old, Aunt Jessie presses her powdered face to yours and whispers, “Now don’t you ever tell anyone what you saw. Your mother …

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Working With Your Subconscious

So, we all know that it's important to be alert and focused while writing–present and <i>conscious,</i> so to speak. But what about utilizing your …

50 Websites Every Author Should Bookmark in 2014

• Buffer<p>We’re at the end of 2013 already. Can you believe it? Throughout this year, we’ve done the hard work (so you wouldn’t have to) of bookmarking …

7 Famous Authors Who Wrote Lying Down

All writers need to work is a pen and a piece of paper, or perhaps a laptop. That's what we might think -- but it's not actually that simple. Authors are more complicated than that. To get their thoughts flowing, they need coffee, tea, cigarettes, alcohol. The right location. And the right …

The Writer's Guide to a Meaningful Reference Library - Kristen Lamb

Whether you are just now entertaining the idea of writing a book or have been writing for a while, all authors need certain tools if our goal is to …

Listen to your characters and use these six dialogue tips to advance your story

Writing dialogue is more than just putting words in your characters’ mouths. Try listening to your characters and find out what they have to say to …

The Quest For Independence Among Student Writers

A new writer’s notebook…<p>I hold mixed feelings about commencing a new notebook. I am quite excited about the prospect of filling the fresh pages of a …

How writing anything in your notebook is a promise to your muse

If you ever feel stuck, out of ideas, or simply so busy you can’t fit in the writing time you wish for, know this: Your muse will reward you if you …

How to get more Twitter followers in 9 different ways

The Internet does much to level the playing field for sharing a message. Twitter flattens it. So much so, that it’s difficult to stand out, to reach the audience you’re interested in and gain their attention. How can you get more twitter followers?<p>If you spend much time on Twitter, you’ve certainly …

Where do you write from: the head, the heart, or the mouth?

Jimmy Chen created this fun venn diagram for HTMLGiant, saying:<p>I think of all writing being from the <b>head</b> (pros: cerebral, conceptual; cons: didactic, …

Henry Miller on Writing and Life

Why do writers — great, beloved, timeless writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> had his four motives. For <b>Joan Didion</b>, it is a matter of ego and self-revelation. <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, perhaps ironically in retrospect, wrote purely for the fun of it. For <b>Charles Bukowski</b>, it was an inextinguishable inner …

San Francisco's City Lights: the bookshop that brought us the Beats

I remember the first time I went to City Lights – the first all-paperback bookstore in the US, founded in San Francisco in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was so intimidated I barely looked at the books on the shelves, maybe picking one up every now and then and pretending to read it, just so I …

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What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation

A new crop of films portrays their lifestyle as rebellious, adolescent fun. But what made the Beats so influential in the first place was that they were radical, free-thinking adults.<p>Given what the Beats meant to young people of the 1950s, perhaps it isn’t so surprising that their culture has been …