New Exhibition: Paris and the Beat Hotel, 1957 – Photographs by Loomis Dean

New Exhibition: Paris and the Beat Hotel, 1957 – Photographs by Loomis Dean

The Beat Generation was the quintessential American literary movement. From Kerouac’s accounts of youthful odyssey against the backdrop of a splendorous landscape of prairies, mountains, endless highways, and cities crackling with energy; to Burroughs’ satirical, absurdist danse macabre of addiction, control, and human debris; to Ginsberg’s naked verse, celebrating candidly and unapologetically the beauty and […]

The Beat Museum on Jeopardy!

You’re nobody until you’re on Jeopardy!, they say.  If that’s true, then the word is definitely out, because ‘The Beat Museum in North Beach’ was featured as an answer on last night’s Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (at about the 6:12 mark in the clip below):

Penn Jillette Visits the Beat Museum

Penn Jillette Visits the Beat Museum

   ALLEN GINSBERG STANDS NAKED BEFORE THE WORLD Legend has it that Allen Ginsberg used to get naked at poetry readings because “The poet stands naked before the world.” Beat scholars tell us it only happened once, at a reading where one of Allen’s friends was being heckled by an audience member and Allen leaped […]

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

by Jerry Cimino And then there were two. As a friend of mine put it most succinctly a few weeks ago, “I’ve been waiting fifty years for a new film adaptation of one of Kerouac’s books, and now we’ve got two of them coming one on the heels of the other.” Truer words were never […]

A Day on the Set of <em>Big Sur</em>, Part 1

A Day on the Set of Big Sur, Part 1

by Jerry Cimino And then there were two. As a friend of mine put it most succinctly a few weeks ago, “I’ve been waiting fifty years for a new film adaptation of one of Kerouac’s books, and now we’ve got two of them coming one on the heels of the other.” Truer words were never […]

On the Road with Jose Rivera (video)

On the Road with Jose Rivera (video)

Screenwriter José Rivera teamed up with director Walter Salles to adapt for the screen the story of Che Guevara’s 1952 motorcycle journey with Alberto Granado across South America. In this CityTV video, Rivera offers his thoughts on his latest collaboration with Salles in adapting Jack Kerouac’s classic, On the Road, to film.

New York Times article discussing On the Road

New York Times article discussing On the Road

“Many consider Jack Kerouac’s On the Road sacred text. The novel was, after all, originally typed on a scroll… “When it comes to the big screen, however, On the Road has faced a Kerouac curse. Past efforts by Hollywood to adapt the author’s work have been failures. Now, somewhat quietly, On the Road has finally […]

Another Production Still

Another Production Still

This photo of Sam Riley (left) as Jack Kerouac and Garrett Hedlund (right) as Neal Cassady recently appeared in UK film magazine Total Film.

Still – The Mexico Whorehouse Scene

Still – The Mexico Whorehouse Scene

Here’s another promo photo for MK2 Productions’ movie On the Road: This is undoubtedly the Mexican whorehouse scene from On the Road.  It takes place close to the end of the book, just after Jack and Neal blasted pot with the Mexican cats, Victor and his brothers, with them all digging each other, not speaking […]

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