leeherrick

a project on Kerouac and Thoreau

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I am imagining a literary triad where I occupy a third space in conjunction with Henry David Thoreau and Jack Kerouac.  It’s inspired by a recent discovery — reading Kerouac’s journals from 1947-1954 — and one of my favorite writers assigned during college, Thoreau.  Don’t we all aspire to transcendence of some kind?  How much of it is rooted in the land(scape) and culture, be it Boston, New York City, San Francisco, or Fresno?  What occurs between the land, the working people, and the politics?  What place does joy hold in a time of fear?  How to focus while moving?  These are some of the questions on my mind this rainy California afternoon.

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  1. You may already be aware that JK, tracking a reference Hindu reference in Thoreau, stumbled upon Dwight Goddard’s Buddhist Bible, thus commencing his self education in dharma and the well known consequences.

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