Happy Birthday Jack Kerouac

Canada can almost claim one of the most influential writers of the 20th century as our own. Though his parents were French-Canadian and chances are good he was conceived in Canada, Jack was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on this day in 1922. Let’s delve into his head: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” and “The only truth is music.” and “Life must be rich and full of loving–it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.” and “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” I created a short video homage to Kerouac called Pome on Doctor Sax yesterday and debut it here. It’s an excerpt from his 1959 novel Doctor Sax. Hear Jack read The Beat Generation. Not Dead/Dead since October 21, 1969. Booze killed him. Here’s some life advice from Jack, “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”

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