Today is the first day of classes for the spring semester at the University of Maine at Farmington. One of the four courses I am teaching this semester is a First Year Seminar. The topic? Jack Kerouac! We'll be reading On the Road and The Dharma Bums and related Kerouac or Beat Generation works and discussing their relevance today but, mostly, I hope we can just "dig the ride." One difference from last spring is that we not only have the film version of On the Road accessible, but we also have Big Sur and, hopefully, Kill Your Darlings (I saw a DVD release date of March) to choose from.
As interesting things happen across the semester, I'll post about them here on The Daily Beat, so stay tuned . . . .