“…the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
Sometimes called the “inventor of the Beats,” writer Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was born to a devoutly Catholic French-Canadian family in Lowell Massachusetts. He went to Columbia University on a football scholarship, but dropped out. While in New York he befriended Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs. The three of them would form the core of the Beat Movement and their adventures together, along with Neal Cassady, would inspire Kerouac’s writing. Kerouac is best known for his novel On The Road, which was published in 1957. Kerouac continued to write, describing his experiences with Buddhism (to which he converted) in Dharma Bums and writing and narrating the film Pull My Daisy, among others, but never achieving the same level of acclaim that he had with On the Road. His drinking habit grew progressively worse, and he died at age 47 from complications from alcoholism, but not before creating more than two dozen published works and inspiring generations to come.
“Jack Kerouac” http://www.beatmuseum.org/kerouac/jackkerouac.html
Levi Asher “Literary Kicks” http://www.beatmuseum.org/kerouac/jackkerouac.html