It wasn’t my goal to do so but I read Jack Kerouac’s novel, ‘The Subterraneans’ in the same way it was originally written. Quickly. (supposedly he wrote it in three days though I read it in less than one) Besides the “jazz-bop” (or beat?) timing to the narrative, I mainly sensed insecurity and inability in committing to or sustaining anything over the long term. Relationships were immediately over-analyzed and destroyed in the process. I think this was more Jack’s problem than an overall ‘beat’ trait. As with most of Kerouac’s work ‘Subterraneans’ is autobiographical and it is easy to recognize the aliases he uses for all his ‘beat’ cohorts. Kerouac seems more interesting when seen as a part of the overall ‘beat’ movement but as an individual I’m beginning to believe he is more of an acquired taste.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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