Bear with me over the next few days as I try to get my blog legs back under me. I've been having moments of doubt these last couple of weeks about the future of Syntax of Things, but after much consideration and navel gazing, I've decided to keep plugging away. Hopefully this is nothing more than a Seasonal Affective Disorder of some sort. Or maybe it's just a sign that some things need to change. Either way, I'm going to try to work through this and hopefully things will turn out for the better.
I'm pretty sure that the recent spike in Kerouac articles we've seen the last few weeks will pick up even more as the year goes on. After all, 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road and the scroll continues to tour to country, currently making its visit to a very appreciative even while frozen Denver. So stay tuned; I'll continue to point out the best and most interesting of these stories as the anniversary date approaches, and beyond. Hopefully by then, the NYT will find some decent fact checkers.
And while we're on the topic of Kerouac, check out this college course:
"Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool" is a 12-day cross country university course, concert series and pod/photo cast, which will take place in San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, New York, Lowell and on an Am Trak Train heading east out of Denver to New York, this January 3-14.
More information is available at the blog dedicated to the course. Unfortunately, as of the writing of this post, the promised Saturday kickoff of blog posts by students has come and gone and there's still nothing.
One thing you may have missed during the holidays was this story out of Oregon that the plans to restore Furthur, the bus made famous by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, have hit a major snag. Namely, they don't have the money to continue the project and are looking for a sponsor:
The Kesey family is looking for a new sponsor to finance restoration work and a TV documentary after breaking things off with Hollywood restaurant owner David Houston, who had hoped to raise $100,000 to restore the bus made famous in Tom Wolfe's 1968 book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Stephanie Kesey, who is married to the late author's son Zane and is overseeing the project, said that the bus has been cleaned a bit and that singer Willie Nelson has offered to put in a biodiesel engine, but that they don't want to do any major work until they have a restoration expert and a documentary deal lined up.
Hopefully you have a holiday weekend coming up because you'll need the extra time to explore this amazing collection of William Carlos Williams audio available for download at PENNSound. If you've ever wondered what "The Red Wheelbarrow" or "To Elsie" sounds like performed by the man who wrote them, now's your chance. While you're at the PENNSound site, be sure to check out the other poets available in their collection. Hell, even Richard Hell is archived there.
Here's a surpise worth looking for if you can find it: a visible comet named McNaught. Sounds like a comet out of a Dickens novel, doesn't it?