Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Kerouac-olutions

I don't know why I do this to myself and commit Kerouac-olutions to writing at the end of the year just to revisit the list a year later and admit defeat. Nevertheless, it's become a tradition.

Herewith are my Kerouac-olutions for 2014, starting with how I did on 2013's.

Update on 2013 Kerouac-olutions (click here for original post):

1. Read Visions of Kerouac: The Life of Jack Kerouac by Charles E. Jarvis.
Done. I liked it.

2. Read Surviving on the Streets: How to Go Down Without Going Out by Ace Backwords.
Fail (although I've browsed it a few times).

3. Read Neil Young's autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace.
Mixed. I gave it the old college try but it was tedious beyond belief. One narcissist cannot bear another.

4. Read The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac by Joyce Johnson.
Done. I liked it.

5. Read Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation, and America by Dennis McNally.
Done. I liked it.

6. Read Beat Generation: Glory Days in Greenwich Village by Fred and Gloria McDarrah.
Fail. Didn't even start it.

7. Buy Crystal flowers once a month.
Fail. I think I came close but my little adventure that began in February sidelined me for a while.
8. Start a second book.

9. Write 12 poems.
Fail. I wrote a whopping 7.
10. Visit Pennsylvania.

So, I achieved about 35% of my 2012 Kerouac-olutions. That's pretty weak. Now it's time to make some for the approaching new year.

2014 Kerouac-olutions:
1. Breathe more.
2. Move more.
3. Eat less.
4. Think less.
5. Love more.
6. Judge less.
7. Appreciate more.
8. Give more.
9. Worry less.
10. Create more.

Happy (early) New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Kerouacian Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Kerouacian Christmas. Click here for last year's post containing an important thought from Jack himself.