Jack Kerouac Spent Two Nights in Jail for His Involvement in the Murder that Rocked the Beat Generation

Jack Kerouac Spent Two Nights in Jail for His Involvement in the Murder that Rocked the Beat Generation

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Jack Kerouac, key player of the Beat Generation, famed for his revolutionary writing style, his bohemian lifestyle, so lauded for works like On the Road, that everything from his original manuscripts to his clothing and personal effects are on display at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. He also served jail time for his role in the disposal of a weapon which had been used by his friend Lucien Carr to kill someone.    Jack Kerouac | Image Via The Daily Beast   The killing of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr has been described as “the original sin” of the …

Someone’s Stealing All the Kerouac Novels

Someone’s Stealing All the Kerouac Novels

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People are stealing books, but not just any books, specifically “paperbacks by a handful of writers, all of them male, 20th-century, and counter-cultural”.    It’s a problem Dina Mardell, owner of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, knows well. Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac novels, among others, disappeared so often her staff set up a display of “Most Frequently Stolen Books” in a prominent part of the store. Thieves undeterred, Mardell removed titles likely to be swiped from shelves entirely and instead displayed them behind the sales counter, below the watchful eyes of John Wayne.   Image Via the Boston Globe   Beat writers are …