The literary magazine Beatdom was kind enough to publish my essay in their ninth issue. Titled “Death Within a Chrysalis,” it’s the third excerpt (technically more of an outline) from my upcoming book. My piece looks at the influence of psychedelics on Jack Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose” style, and how he suppressed that fact because it would potentially detract from his reputation as a visionary writer, both in the public sphere and in his own family.
The print magazine is available for
$11.99, shipped anywhere in the world–and it will soon be offered for digital purchase as a PDF (probably cheaper). (Update 8/18/2011: Beatdom issue #9 is now available for free download as a PDF. The print magazine is $9.99 USD, plus $2.00 for US shipping or $6 for international shipping.) Below is a preview of the essay!
At the turn of the 1960s, Jack Kerouac found himself in a profound state of limbo, representing the climax of an existential crisis that predated his life as a published author. He had been looking for an “answer” to his problems since his early twenties, yet for a variety of reasons his dilemma remained unresolved. Then a 35-year-old Jack became famous in an instant when On the Road was published in the fall of 1957, and this led to the total disruption of his already chaotic life. (more…)
Today the web magazine Reality Sandwich published a second excerpt from my upcoming book All These Serious Faces Will Only Drive You Mad. I created the essay from a portion of my second chapter. The piece is called “The Not-So-Comfortable Concentration Camp,” which is a slight spin on a phrase that Betty Friedan used in her book The Feminine Mystique. Her book helped launch the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s that demanded more rights for women in the home, the workplace, and elsewhere in society. (more…)
I’m working on my first feature-length book and I need your help! I recently stopped working as a web manager in order to focus on writing full-time. The Internet allows creative workers to gather micro-payments to help support their work, and I think this is the perfect opportunity to try it for myself. I’ll be offering various gift packages for people who donate to support my project.
It will be a nonfiction work about where mankind is stuck, examined through the topics such as creative evolution, madness, and Jack Kerouac. I expect to be done with the first draft of the manuscript by late spring 2011, at which time I’ll be seeking a publisher. However, I’m perfectly capable of making my own e-book (see below), and micro-publishing makes it possible to produce paperback and hardcover books on demand, even one at a time!
For more information or to make a donation to this project, please visit my new book micro-site at nickmeador.org/madness.