Month: August 2011

Haiku

Haiku is defined in Jack Myers’s The Portable Poetry Workshop as: “A Japanese lyric form composed of three lines totaling 17 syllables: 5, 7, 5 respectively.” Well, if you ever want to understand the terminology of poetry, you can’t do much better than this… Continue Reading “Haiku”

Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Reading Should Count As Writing

It’s Tuesday again! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of… Continue Reading “Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Reading Should Count As Writing”

Pop Buddhism

This weekend, I finished reading The Dharma Bums – the book that apparently started the Backpack Revolution. First, My Problem: As the title implies, there are a plethora of Eastern-religion references throughout Dharma Bums. My problem was, and remains, that I had the toughest… Continue Reading “Pop Buddhism”

Where to Put the Good Blonde?

In Good Blonde and Others, the opening selection is about Kerouac, hitchhiking back from Mexico, catching a ride in a brand-new Lincoln Mercury driven by a beautiful blonde in a bathing suit. Throughout the section, Kerouac wonders who on Earth would ever believe that… Continue Reading “Where to Put the Good Blonde?”

Thursday Reviews!: Good Blonde and Others by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)

Good Blonde by Jack Kerouac My rating: 3 of 5 stars Best part about this book: The sections where Kerouac talks his writing style. There are two selection/chapters that cover this “spontaneous prose”: “The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose” and “Belief & Technique for Modern… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews!: Good Blonde and Others by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)”

Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Getting Stuff Nailed Down

It’s Tuesday again! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of… Continue Reading “Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Getting Stuff Nailed Down”

Writing the Windblown, Schizophrenic World

I came across this fascinating book called Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954 — which covers the period of time when he wrote his first novel The Town and the City and his second On the Road. Basically, it’s a log of his… Continue Reading “Writing the Windblown, Schizophrenic World”

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