Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jack Kerouac and the West Village: Here we come!

Today we are leaving for New York City. We'll be staying in a great little West Village apartment on Charles Street courtesy of Airbnb. Our travels will take us through Massachusetts, where we are meeting up with friends tonight and then taking the train into the city tomorrow.

We will be armed with Bill Morgan's The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City. Our other ammunition consists of suggestions from the Jack Kerouac group on Facebook, and, of course, our traveling companion, Richard, who knows more about Kerouac than I ever will and who knows the city inside and out.

One thing (among many) we want to do is recreate my favorite picture of Jack in front of Tompkins Square. As we do this and other Kerouactivities, I hope to post pictures to Facebook as we go (to either my personal page, in which case you need to be my friend to see them, or to the Jack Kerouac group, in which case you need to belong to that group to see them). This will depend on cell phone service in the city, which I cannot predict. Regardless, I will post one big blog about the trip when we return.

Naturally, we'll be dragging along a few copies of The Beat Handbook to give away or leave in strategic locations (or reverse shoplift into bookstores).

Stay tuned. It will be nice to have something meaty to blog about.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kerouac-obsessed blog = 400,000+ pageviews!

We've now topped 400,000 pageviews at The Daily Beat (since 2008), so the first person to add a comment to this post (assuming it's not a spambot and the content isn't inappropriate for publishing) wins a free signed copy of The Beat Handbook in honor of the occasion.

The clock is ticking....

Monday, May 25, 2015

General Policy re: Comments on The Daily Beat

We love comments here at The Daily Beat, but we do vet them before publishing them. You wouldn't believe some of the snark that folks submit.

Case in point, somepne attempted to post an ad hominem comment very recently, and we chose not to publish it. Why?

Our general policy is that we are not going to publish ad hominem attacks.

Furthermore, if you want to ensure a snarky comment doesn't get published, use "Anonymous" as your screen name.

We're willing to be argued with and to admit when we are wrong, but there's no need to call us names, especially when hiding behind the veil of anonymity.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebration time and a Kerouac book giveaway

I was just looking at statistics for this blog and we are closing in on 400,000 all-time pageviews. As this goes to post, we are at 398,732, leaving 1,268 to go.

By my calculation, unless we have an anomaly (i,e., a very light or very heavy day), we should reach that benchmark in about 5 days (given that we average about 250 pageviews per day).

To celebrate, we'll give away a signed copy of my silly book, The Beat Handbook, to the first person who posts a comment on this blog after we hit 400,000 pageviews. I'll keep you posted on when we hit the magic number, and then the scramble to be the first commenter can begin.

I'll need the winner to send me her or his snail mail address, of course, but we'll work that out when the time comes.

We'll need a special post the day we hit 400,000. Maybe an idea for that will come to me in the next 5 days.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on The Simpsons

I have yet to see it, but apparently Jack and Neal made an appearance on The Simpsons last night. The episode is titled, "Let's Go Fly a Coot." I suspect that you can watch it at one of the (most likely illegal) sites here: watchseries.

Let us know what you think.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jack Kerouac makes the cut

I often complain when Jack Kerouac gets left off lists (e.g., top ten American authors), but I'm not so sure I'm glad he made this one. I wonder what he thinks about the company, especially Capote (famous for his snide remark about Jack's work being typing and not writing). He made similar lists which have him in somewhat different company (click here for example).

(c) Aaron Bagley