Kerouac Facts

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Register to read the introduction… First I think it’s interesting how Kerouac struggled to lose his life long label as a dumb jock despite his obvious intellect. He was a star back on his high school football team and won some miraculous victories, securing himself a scholarship to Columbia University in New York. Being considered a jock Jack often was frustrated by people feeling and acting like they were smarter than him. “He tried surprisingly hard to lose that sweaty jock label, he’d show off how smart he was every chance he got (Gifford 26).” Another aspect of Kerouac that I find intriguing was his stand on the Vietnam War. Despite the 'beatnik' stereotype, Kerouac was a political conservative, especially when under the influence of his Catholic mother. As the beatniks of the 1950's began to yield their spotlight to the hippies of the 1960's, Jack took pleasure in standing against everything the hippies stood for. Lastly I found that Jack’s drug use was a major part of his life. Kerouac was a heavy drug user. He used marijuana regularly and was into speed and other heavier drugs. Although Kerouac thought that drugs increased his writing ability it was his drinking problem that ultimately did him in. “He’d come into the city once in a while, and we’d see him, but he didn’t want to come in because he thought he’d get too drunk for too long and get sick and pass out (Gifford 264).” Trying to live up to the wild image he'd presented in On The Road, he developed a severe drinking habit that dimmed his natural brightness and aged him …show more content…
I would have many questions to ask him to get a better understanding of him and how he thinks. The first question I think I would ask him is if he was happy with the impact he had on the world. I would want to know if he was satisfied with the life he lived, or if he thinks he should have done more and lived it to its fullest extent. I would want to know what he regrets doing and not doing. More specifically I would like to know if he would have ever guessed that the outrageous behavior that set him apart in his generation would become mainstream like it is now. I think Jack would have some interesting ideas about the youth of today and the future. Lastly I would want to know if he was disappointed that his moral message has been all but lost in the twenty-first century.

Jack Kerouac didn’t lead the best life someone could live. He was by no means a saint. He was something special though, a revolutionary. His ideas sparked a new type of thinking with young people. The beatniks gave way to the hippies and Kerouac had a direct affect on modern liberalism. I can think of few people who deserve a biography more than he does. Although by no means did he lead a perfect life, Jack Kerouac lead a remarkable

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