Saturday, March 14, 2009

March 14: On Clothing

Today's Kerouaction

Today's Kerouaction is about dress and comes from Big Sur, in which Kerouac describes the clothing of Ben Fagan (in real life, Philip Whalen):
...Ben Fagan walks away to get the bus on the corner, his big baggy corduroy pants and simple blue Goodwill work shirt....

The Beat Handbook includes a number of clothing tips, but not this specific one (since it only focused on The Dharma Bums and On The Road). Run out to the nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army store and score some baggy corduroys and a blue work shirt. While you're there, drop off some clothing you haven't worn in a year.


Anonymous said...

Gloria Bailen, a producer for Kerouacfilms (, wrote and Op-Ed piece in the Boston Globe on March 12th - Jack's birthday. Mentions Jack's clothing

Check it out -

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

Curt, I will. Thanks!