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Lions Roar : March 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2008 98 would have to research the book all over again. What might have been a milestone contribution to Beat scholarship is ren- dered a kind of tantalizing dead end. Of less concern, but still irritating, is Leland’s tossing off allusions to pop-culture phenomena that postdate and have nothing to do with Kerouac. At one point we are told that Kerouac complained of being associated with beatniks “in a tone suggesting he’d been accused of listening to Michael Bolton.” The purported job of placing Kerouac in the context of two centuries of literary culture is not served by references to this week’s icon of uncoolness. Ann Charters speculated that Kerouac’s sense of having disappointed his father drove him to succeed as a writer. Leland puts this more grandly, arguing that On the Road proceeds from the loss of the father to Kerouac’s assuming, through authorship, the role of patriarch to his fictionalized cast. Let’s take it up a notch and say that Salvatore Paradise ascended through the Stations of the Cross to the place of the Father. Can a Catholic boy spin any other tale? Like Sal, in the nov- el’s final paragraph, reaching across “all that raw land that rolls in one unbeliev- able huge bulge over to the West Coast,” Leland reaches a long, long way. Lack of documentation aside, Why Kerouac Mat- ters is a well-thought, detailed, and long- overdue meditation on a milestone work of American fiction. “America has a tradition of sad sing- ers whose pain is consumed as freedom or joy,” notes Leland. “Kerouac and his gloomy narrator join a fellowship of dolor that includes Twain, Bert Williams, W. C. Fields, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pryor, Tupac Shakur, and Kurt Cobain, to name only a few.” It’s an odd company, but so is the nation that spawned it. “That Kerouac, who lived with his mother, be- came an icon of youth rebellion was an irony he could not accept, but it was an irony as American as he was. There is a reason America is the home of the blues.” And there’s a reason that every year since 1957, 100,000 new readers have gone on the road with Sal. ♦ Coffee Stains (short form prose & poetry) by Benjamin Dean 98 poems Paperback $12.00 US Reverie & Reverence I drank a buddhist cup of Coffee out of a christian mug I stirred it with an agnostic Spoon and the steam that rose was unmistakenly muslim it was like every other cup of Coffee– religious and bound to the laws of Nature with a little room left over that it may Imagine its own breed of reverence Fresh, contemplative, playful & immediate. “Benjamin’s poetry is like a door into a beautiful unknown” —Dennis Reffner, Zen Student More poetry online— www.shortformpoetry.com Nova Scotia Vacation Tibetan Nyingma Institute Ongoing Year-long Programs Certificate programs in Meditation, Nyingma Psychology, and Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) $1500 ea. Summer Retreats Kum Nye Retreat: June 9-14 Dharma Studies Retreat: Jul. 28-Aug. 30 call for pricing www.NyingmaInstitute.org (510) 809-1000 Buddhist Education since 1972 MAR 78-107.indd 98 MAR 78-107.indd 98 12/19/07 2:43:45 PM 12/19/07 2:43:45 PM