Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jack Kerouac and the Gypsy Curse



















If you're easily annoyed by writers and artists "yakking," as Jack Kerouac might put it, you may want to avoid Curt Worden's One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008/2009). On the other hand, if you like Kerouac and are patient, this documentary will be worthwhile.

First, what is the Gypse Curse? "May you get exactly what you think you want" is one variation. Be careful what you wish for. Becoming famous may be hazardous to your health -- or to someone else's health: just ask Mel Gibson, or Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and all down the line. Keoruac definitely has a station down that line. Don't get off there if you want to get out alive. But no one does anyway, so why the hell not?

One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac knew if he didn't regroup from alcohol poisoning, he'd be dead fast, he'd be gone. He went to Big Sur to "dry out." It didn't work. He died at 47 -- nine years after the Big Sur interlude. But he wrote in the meantime, including the novel that became Big Sur (1962).

The film includes good footage that I'd never seen, same with the new photos; Big Sur, New York City and San Francisco scenery; and an effective sampling of Kerouac's voice, rendered in most excellent fashion by John Ventimiglia (the dude who played Artie Bucco in The Sopranos) -- he sounds eerily like Jack Kerouac.




















Today's Rune: Journey.


9 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm not really a fan of Kerouac's. I've only read "on the road" and didn't like it. I'm not sure I understand his popularity, but I have enjoyed some of his haiku.

Erik Donald France said...

Scroll version is the way to go -- much better than the first edition.

jodi said...

Erik, like Charles, I am not a big JK fan, however, my son is always making me read excerpts that he is amused by.

Anonymous said...

知道他有了外遇
面對他的低聲下氣妳冷嘲熱諷、無理取鬧
妳瘋狂似的大吵大鬧
甚至到他的公司去亂、向他的親友抱怨、向鄰居們哭訴…
妳把他的外遇鬧的人盡皆知
最後,妳把他的愧疚消耗殆盡…
最後,妳把他想要回頭的念頭打消…
最後,妳自己把他推向外遇的第三者身邊…

Anonymous said...

知道他有了外遇
面對他的低聲下氣妳冷嘲熱諷、無理取鬧
妳瘋狂似的大吵大鬧
甚至到他的公司去亂、向他的親友抱怨、向鄰居們哭訴…
妳把他的外遇鬧的人盡皆知
最後,妳把他的愧疚消耗殆盡…
最後,妳把他想要回頭的念頭打消…
最後,妳自己把他推向外遇的第三者身邊…

Anonymous said...

就像許多外遇故事一樣
男人有了外遇想要離婚,但是女人死不放手
所以他藉故發揮、所以她不甘示弱
他總是說這樣不可理喻的女人俗不可耐才讓他想要離婚
她總是說這樣背棄婚姻的男人她絕對不會離婚讓他們好過

記憶中我從沒有過快樂的童年、幸福的家庭
父親在家的時候總是爭執不斷
父親離家的時候母親總是數落不斷

我總是想,為什麼不離婚
這樣的婚姻意義何在?

母親認為離婚就是輸了
但是她不知道,自己身陷在漩渦中無法掙脫...

Anonymous said...

知道他有了外遇
面對他的低聲下氣妳冷嘲熱諷、無理取鬧
妳瘋狂似的大吵大鬧
甚至到他的公司去亂、向他的親友抱怨、向鄰居們哭訴…
妳把他的外遇鬧的人盡皆知
最後,妳把他的愧疚消耗殆盡…
最後,妳把他想要回頭的念頭打消…
最後,妳自己把他推向外遇的第三者身邊…

Anonymous said...

就像許多外遇故事一樣
男人有了外遇想要離婚,但是女人死不放手
所以他藉故發揮、所以她不甘示弱
他總是說這樣不可理喻的女人俗不可耐才讓他想要離婚
她總是說這樣背棄婚姻的男人她絕對不會離婚讓他們好過

記憶中我從沒有過快樂的童年、幸福的家庭
父親在家的時候總是爭執不斷
父親離家的時候母親總是數落不斷

我總是想,為什麼不離婚
這樣的婚姻意義何在?

母親認為離婚就是輸了
但是她不知道,自己身陷在漩渦中無法掙脫...

Lana Gramlich said...

Sounds interesting...