Buddhism and Sexuality in Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums”

The Beat Generation has always been associated, and rightfully so, with themes connected to sexuality. Beat writers were, and still are, famous for advocating sexual liberation and free love, being open about their homosexuality when that was the case (like Allen Ginsberg did for all his life), and much of their literary production is filled … Read moreBuddhism and Sexuality in Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums”

Improvisation and other Jazz-like Techniques in Jack Kerouac’s Writing

Bop jazz divorced itself from its mainstream predecessor when musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk began to emphasize fast tempo and improvisation over the predictable music of the swing era. These renegade musicians valued spontaneity and inspired many listeners. It is no coincidence that these Bop jazz musicians were Jack Kerouac’s first … Read moreImprovisation and other Jazz-like Techniques in Jack Kerouac’s Writing

Jack Kerouac’s Fear of Women and Lust

In Jack Kerouac’s novels and poetry he is always searching for something to believe in, be it himself, God, or something else. Surprisingly, he manages to also simultaneously be constantly running away. Fear of responsibility and conformity is present in the majority of his works; this is the reason for his elusiveness, and the constant … Read moreJack Kerouac’s Fear of Women and Lust