Remembering Jack Kerouac on his birthday

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

Today is the birthday of Jack Kerouac, Edward Albee and Carl Hiaasen, according to the Writer’s Almanac. Three writers born on the same day! Albee is, of course, best remembered for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Which starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Hiaasen is a bestseller.

Kerouac  (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) is something else – a Beat generation pioneer , a legend.

I just happened to dip into his most famous book, On the Road, and was instantly carried away by his descriptions of America. Here’s how it ends. The writing is so vivid and poetic. [Read more...]