What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Donald Gardner
Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, Richard Cabut on Bob Short’s Filfth , Sophie Erskine on 8 Rooms: The Short Story Reinvented & Joseph Ridgwell on Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation:
“After me, the deluge,” is a well known quote attributed to the late, great American author Jack Kerouac. And of course he was right, for after the man came a million backpackers, hippies, faux Buddhists, drop-outs, haiku composers, rucksack rovers and daydream believers. Not to mention thousands of young wannabe writers who fell into the trap of thinking that spontaneous prose was the way to literary fame and fortune.
Beat Generation is a lovely appendage to the legacy of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, a writer who inspired me, you, and a million other people searching for some meanings to the pointlessness of existence. It’s a must have for any Kerouac fans, Beat fans, or just fans of literature. So slip a copy into your pocket, buy a bottle of cheap wine, and go sit under a tree and enjoy.
First posted: Sunday, June 14th, 2009.