Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

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Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:09 am

If you could ask Jack Kerouac a question, what would it be?

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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby sweetchia » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:20 am

I can't really think of a question, per se. I'd more just like to bring up a topic, like spirituality, and then let him run with it.
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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby nebraska » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:48 pm

I guess I would ask him if he had any advice for young people today -- well, for all of us, really. And maybe if he had any regrets, things he would do differently if given the chance.

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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby Buster » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:23 pm

"What are you reading these days?"

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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby Liz » Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:37 pm

Buster, that's always a favorite of mine. Nebraska, that's a good question! I would like to know that too. Sweetchia, I like the way you put that.

I would ask:


What do you think of all that has happened since 1969?
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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby deppaura » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:06 pm

Well, Jack, do you think we're evolving...or revolving????

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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby gemini » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:54 pm

Good one deppaura, I would like to know the answer to that one myself.

I would ask Jack what he thought was right in the battle over his will. I always wondered why he never claimed his daughter Jan as his own. (I would like to ask him that too.) She certainly looked like him and died of the same disease. (Alcoholism).
Since Jan Kerouac's death, Jacks nephew, Paul Blake, took up the cause.

The seeds of the contest were planted when Kerouac, shortly before his death, wrote Blake a letter saying he would leave something for him.
"I just want to leave my estate . . . to someone directly connected with the last remaining drop of my direct blood line . . . and not to leave a ding-blasted . . . thing to my wife's one hundred Greek relatives," Kerouac wrote.
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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby stroch » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:33 pm

I'd ask if he ever found the God he was searching for.
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Re: Jack Kerouac Question #6 ~ You Ask the Question

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:40 pm

This has been a tough one for me and I knew the question was coming. :lol: I would love to hear the answers to the questions you all have posed and I think they would start excellent discussions on so many varied topics. I would like to talk to Jack about music and it's influence on society, also about writing and where we have come, or not, since 1969, an updated perspective.
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