312 March 12: Darkside Zodiac: Jack Kerouack
Stella Hyde’s Darkside Zodiac: Jack Keouac, March 12, 1922
Progenitor of the Beat Generation, and all that jazz-inspired free form prose, simultanously wild and spontanous and yet attached to the apron strings of Maman. Drug-taking, booze-fuelled idealist who at the same time managed to be a right-wing McCarthyite in 1950s USA. Pisces, see: capable of polar opposite stances in one and the same head. Author of, among other things, On the Road (1957), the seminal chronicles of a long, pointless looping journey looking for enlightenment while other, less spontaneous and spiritual people picked up the bar tab and cleaned up the collateral damage. The go-to writer for male babyboomers aiming to justify a midlife crisis.
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“I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.” — Jack Kerouac