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Posts by Jennifer Berube

The Women Behind the Beat Writers

Although the Beat Generation was most famously known for its male writers, artists and poets, there was also a group of women who played a major part in the movement and the lives of great men like Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady.   Edie Kerouac Parker Edie Parker was born…

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The Original Beat Writers

In the mid 1940s, a group of writers that would spawn one of the biggest cultural movements of the 20th century came together in New York City. Writing about drugs, homosexuality and alternative forms of spirituality, these Beat writers pushed the limits of what was socially acceptable in the conformist 40s and 50s. The core…

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Book Review: On the Road

There is a passage in the first few pages of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road that perfectly sets the tone for the autobiographical story and sums up Kerouac’s life. He wrote, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous…

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Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Best known for the cynical and ironic dark humor that appears throughout his work, Chuck Palahniuk has been dubbed a “shock writer” by the media. His writing style, which he refers to as a minimalistic approach, has been influenced by and compared to such authors as Amy Hempel, Bret Easton Ellis, Irvine Welsh, Kurt Vonnegut…

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Might As Well Jump: Skydiving in Mexico

I’m at 10,000 feet and the only thing separating the ocean from the sky is a few clouds. It’s amazing how clear everything is up here. A world of blue, every shade but all the same. I can see the beach, where five of my closest friends are waiting for me, and where the water…

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