Old Angel Midnight

Old Angel Midnight Jack Kerouac says Old Angel Midnight is only the beginning of a lifelong work in multilingual sound representing the haddalada babra of babbling world tongues coming in thru my window at midnight no

  • Title: Old Angel Midnight
  • Author: Jack Kerouac Michael McClure Ann Charters Donald Merriam Allen
  • ISBN: 9780912516974
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jack Kerouac says Old Angel Midnight is only the beginning of a lifelong work in multilingual sound, representing the haddalada babra of babbling world tongues coming in thru my window at midnight no matter where I live or what I m doing, in Mexico, Morocco, New York, India or Pakistan, in Spanish, French, Aztec, Gaelic, Keltic, Kurd or Dravidian, the sounds of people yakJack Kerouac says Old Angel Midnight is only the beginning of a lifelong work in multilingual sound, representing the haddalada babra of babbling world tongues coming in thru my window at midnight no matter where I live or what I m doing, in Mexico, Morocco, New York, India or Pakistan, in Spanish, French, Aztec, Gaelic, Keltic, Kurd or Dravidian, the sounds of people yakking and of myself yakking among, ending finally in great intuitions of the sounds of tongues throughout the entire universe in all directions in and out forever And it is the only book I ve ever written in which I allow myself the right to say anything I want, absolutely and positively anything, since that s what you hear coming in that window God in his Infinity wouldn t have had a world otherwise Amen Second printing, 1995PS3521.E735043 1993 93 14684811.54 dc20 CIP

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  • Jack Kerouac Michael McClure Ann Charters Donald Merriam Allen

    Jack Kerouac was born Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts Jack Kerouac s writing career began in the 1940s, but didn t meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.

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  • Certainly the most intriguing and challenging of Kerouac's works that I have read to date, at the same time it feels like there is great meaning which lies hidden just below the surface, just out of reach. This was an incredibly brave move from Kerouac (some might say even 'foolish' as it was bound to invite derision from the anti-Kerouac crusade launched by the press and which still exists to some degree to this day). It is also Jack at his MOST spontaneous.I have a feeling that Jack lamented t [...]


  • This is one of my favorite book of poetry ever, I think because it's so surreal. Poetry often escapes me because I don't have the patience for interpretation. I like prose because it is either telling me an interesting story, or teaching me about something. Poetry generally does neither of those things, it is more like feelings turned into words and that is pretty confusing for me, as if I have no point of reference I cannot share the feeling being expounded upon. It must just be the way my brai [...]



  • reading the book again this time to teach abut automatic writing works agains the automatic wiring of the brain jack kerouac listens to what his window says. it was his "other" project, a collection of the world's sounds and connection to his Buddha-self the swirling and ecstasy of the sounds that create life, the seed syllables of the ancient creation. do you teach by talking do you teach by having others talk do you teach by writing do you teach by having others write. imagine: it is summer ou [...]


  • OLD ANGEL MIDNIGHTWritten by Jack KerouacJULY 12, 2016; 94 PagesCity Lights PublishersGenre: poetry(I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review.)★★★Straight up truthI don't think I am smart enough for Kerouac! While I enjoyed reading it out loud I have no clue what any of it meant. I did enjoy going through the book and it is SO beatnik!k (My Novelesque Life)


  • Despise its wildness, this feels like a work of great control from Kerouac. There's a lightness to it. I smiled a lot. The experience is as much about how the words sound next to each other in your head as what they are actually saying. One of my favourites of his work.


  • a fun read for Jack enthusiasts. more naughty language than normal, which felt refreshing because there is much ground to cover here; along with flashing midnight stars, San Fran streets, Lowell rivers, beer soaked bar room floors, and the eyelashes of Beat poets).


  • Short but sweet, this is perhaps the best example of Kerouac's writing-as-jazz prose improvisation, an all night jam session where the typewriter is the main instrument.



  • This is a book that must be enjoyed out loud. Read it to yourself, or better, have someone you love read it to you. Wonderful.


  • Normally, I try to post my short little reviews right after I've read the book. I debated what to rate the book though. Two stars? One star? Just burn the thing and be done with it?? It was, of course, a library book so I did not have the option of burning, and this morning I finally decided on three stars.I am freely admitting here that I did not understand the book/poem. I do not think/believe Old Angel Midnight was even meant to be understood, but the language is engaging. The sounds the poet [...]


  • Seriously, Kerouac is one of my all-time favorites, so to honestly review this, is painful for me.This book is just a hot mess. I honestly understood maybe 1/50th of what I read. I know, I know - it's called spontaneous prose, or automatic writing. Like I said, I'm a big fan of the man. But this? This is just gobblydee gook! And much like those two words, full of crazy misspellings and abbreviations that make it virtually unreadable. I was sad as I turned each page, and would have given up entir [...]


  • I won a copy of this book through giveaways. I very much wanted to like it, but I honestly couldn't even get through it. Maybe I'm missing something but it seems like just a bunch of rambling to me and the only reason it got published is that Kerouac is a famous author. I'm not entirely certain what the point of it is meant to be. I guess I just don't get stream of consciousness writing, and prefer books with characters and plots.


  • I couldn't finish it. It was literally just a bunch of ramblings with words from other languages and made-up speech. I only enjoyed a few passages and the rest was just gibberish. I can feel kerouac's egotistical side coming up in this writing and it unnerved me to no end.


  • well, listening actually - came across a reading by some well versed readers, and really, this is a free-style rant very much in the poetic aural tradition, so that works, until I come across the text as some point



  • I used to have the first stanza memorized. It took over a minute to recite and was probably very annoying at parties




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