“Kerouac seems to thrive on such an ambivalence, he accepts it, forgives it for its treachery, as it has been perhaps the most constant and dominant force in his life up until that point.”
“After years of wandering through the wilderness, Snyder has put Batman back on track. The days of Batmite and time travel are hopefully buried forever. Snyder’s renaissance of the greatest super hero of all time has been laden with fresh twists but remains firmly rooted in the elements that made, and continue to make, the character enigmatic.”
After having looked at all of the major influences in Barack Obama’s life – his wife Michelle, his African American peers such as Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson, his family, his schooling in Hawaii – we must now attempt to gather the strands of events outlined in the previous four parts of this work and see if a singular knot can be tied, or if there are stragglers.
We have in the previous chapters established Kerouac’s admiration of the impossible, his fascination with the West as an ideal and legend, got a sense of his artistic rebellion in Spontaneous Prose, and his alienation from the America portrayed and promised by the Industrial Revolution. These conclusions have been drawn by studying his life and his surroundings. We’ve looked at his childhood influences, but what of those as an adult?
“Michelle Obama’s family history…connects her to the essence of the African American experience.”
Barack Obama on the importance of democracy.
In Part 3, we continue to investigate Kerouac’s early life and the importance of his hometown, Lowell, Massachusetts, as we come closer to understanding the man and his decision to […]
Parts one and two can be found here and here respectively. In Part 3 we investigate further Barack Obama’s clashes with Reverend Jesse Jackson on how to address the black […]
Part 1 was an introduction to this essay, explaining the various areas of Obama’s life and that of the African American that I would be dealing with. Now we start […]
“Kerouac also told Allan Ginsberg about the time when he was being bathed by his mother when he was 12 – that fact in itself gives credence to Johnson’s argument. Kerouac recounts to Ginsberg how he got an erection and how Gabrielle became so outraged and furious that the incident embellished itself on Kerouac’s mind as a recurring dream Kerouac would have throughout his life.”