Friday, 23 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Forty years ago today (October 21st), Jack Kerouac died. Let’s celebrate his life by remembering the contributions he made to literature.
The fourth issue of Beatdom magazine was released earlier this year, but was a special Kerouac themed magazine, in celebration of the author’s life. We looked various books and poems by Kerouac, and considered his life and ancestry.
Let’s all remember Kerouac in his prime, as he wanted – as a truly great writer.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
The wonderful Martin Flynn at HSTbooks is honouring the late, great Hunter S. Thompson as he deserves to be honoured, by introducing a new generation of readers to the more serious side of the man's work.
"The aim will be to catch folks new to the HST world and steer them in the direction of his writing talent and away from the crazed loony side of the man."
A selection of scholars and friends will contribute to a series of blogs which will expose the truth behind the madness and the skill behind the free-wheeling and frantic prose.
Thompson always wanted his work to be taken seriously, and lamented that his books were popular largely among frat-boy types. He was known in his time for the wild excess of his alter-ego, and not for his intelligence or literary abilities.
It’s time for people to realise his genius, and this series should help to introduce his work in the right way so that he can truly be read as he intended.
Read about it here: http://hstbooks.org/2009/10/07/hunter-s-thompson-for-beginners/