interview with Jack Kerouac [and] interview with Earle Hyman
Audio-only recording of the television program Night beat, in which host John Wingate interviews Jack Kerouac and Earle Hyman
Interview with Jack Kerouac. Recorded in Feb. or March, 1958 (ca. 30 min.). In this episode of Night beat, John Wingate interviews Jack Kerouac on the occasion of the publication of his novel The subterraneans. Throughout the interview, Wingate asks Kerouac to define vocabulary used in his books or associated with the Beat generation; terms discussed include "flipping," "subterraneans," "hip," "square," "bohemian," and the label "Beat generation." Kerouac reads a passage from the Diamond sutra and discusses his study of Buddhism and the importance of practicing kindness; he comments on his own drinking and the morals of his generation; he speaks about his cats. He discusses his relationship with Kenneth Rexroth and responds to Rexroth's criticism of The subterraneans, defending his depiction of jazz and African Americans; he speaks about the relationship between his writing style and jazz, and about his writing process. He comments on his painting; recalls a visit to Paris; and discusses his attitude toward politics. Finally, he discusses a poetry reading in October, 1955, in San Francisco and its significance.
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