From “It” to the “Void,” Or How We Resurrected the Beat Mythology

I recently wrote an essay for a literary arts publication called Brev Spread out of the Bay Area. The editor had read a blog entry I wrote on my experiences reading the Beats and he asked me if I would be interested in expanding on it. So I decided to incorporate a philosophical account of …

The Invention and Disintegration of a Myth

“I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity.” ― David Foster Wallace "There is no line between the 'real world' and 'world of myth and symbol." ― William Burroughs In college, I found myself engaged in a sort of sacred pact with a few of my …

Some Perspective on Kerouac’s America

Perhaps it took the cold war to end for the Beat canon to be inducted into the graces of good criticism. The dizzying commodification of the Beat style popped up, as an immediate archetype: the quintessential hipster, estranged from the mainstream, revolting against the power establishment, against exploding gadgetry and technology, the American youth icon …