Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kerouac's Quest: A website The Daily Beat digs

(c) 2012 Kerouac's Quest
I just learned about a cool Jack Kerouac website called Kerouac's Quest on the Facebook Jack Kerouac page (which you should join if you haven't already done so). You can access Kerouac's Quest by clicking here. You'll know you're there when you see the above (uncredited) drawing of Jack.

According to the About page, Kerouac’s Quest is a
digital archive of spiritual and religious references in the novels of Jack Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend. The purpose of this site is twofold. For the site author, it is to preserve research done in this area as part of an academic project. For site visitors, it is to provide insight into the sacred aspects of Kerouac’s ostensibly secular works. 
Visitors have a choice of browsing selected passages by title or searching by term (e.g., “Christ,” “saintly,” “Void, “satori,” etc.) using the internal search engine. The intention is in no way to circumvent the original works, but rather to point scholars and other interested parties to places in these texts they might wish to investigate further. A complete bibliography of editions utilized is available under the Biblio tab. This site was created and is to be used for educational purposes only.
Whenever you enter a search term, if it exists you get links to the different novels in The Duluoz Legend where the search term exists. When you click on the novel, you get a page with all of the text from that particular novel that's in the site's database, not just the text containing the search term. This is a tad blunt, but using your browser's Find feature will help you locate what you are looking for.

Not every work considered by some to be part of The Duluoz Legend is included, and the reason is explained on the About page. Included are:

Big Sur
Desolation Angels
The Dharma Bums
Maggie Cassidy 
On the Road
Satori in Paris
The Subterraneans
The Town and the City
Vanity of Dululoz
Visions of Gerard

If you're a Jack Kerouac fan, check out Kerouac's Quest.

1 comment:

Earnest Woodall said...

Hi - I put together a you tube mash-up tribute to Neal Cassady - I was hoping you can help spread the word


Earnest Woodall