Ave America! From Whitman to Kerouac…

When Europe sloughed off her old skin and the ones who didn’t want to accomodate post-liberation Europe traveled the great Atlantic to come to the continent they were not free and they didn’t seek freedom — just think of the Salem Witch Trials, as if they were a result of great religious freedoms — no… Continue reading Ave America! From Whitman to Kerouac…

Big Sur, Spontaneous Prose and The American Colloquial Style

I read Big Sur because I’m going to Big Sur in a few weeks, during my survey of the American South and West. Kerouac is great: On the Road is one of the twentieth century’s most important novels. In Big Sur, it’s clear Kerouac is older and less sporadic, but his spontaneous prose style is… Continue reading Big Sur, Spontaneous Prose and The American Colloquial Style