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Jack Kerouac 100: memo and mixed media artifact round-up

Jack Kerouac 100 Centenary
Mixed Media Artifact Round-up

Memo, March 11, 2022: *Happy* 100 birthday Jack Kerouac. Died in 1969, just before I was born ~ i’ve stumbled as a lonesome traveler on the road with your books stuffed in dharma bum rucksack for decades with dreams, visions, blues & haiku. Somehow, almost accidentally, lived longer than you *&* I’m (trying to be) a great dad – you still always win at the prose though.

Did you know in those last years that half a century later we would all know and still care, possibly even more? Maybe you did.

Of course here at my “creative life archive“ I have loads of videos, podcast, riffs, snap etc. about old Ti Jean, but rather than posting invisible links for further digging,

I’ll leave it to your exploration (you know how to search). Daveostory dot com and invite you (those *thirthy/fortyish* or under &/or otherwise unaware) to ask me questions as I’m working on some projects to turn “the youth“ onto the erstwhile beat generation.

Im no biographer (goodness knows they are possibly *too many* of those) but I am an enthusiast and dareisay have “lived beat“ much of my life {all that hitchhikin, all that railroadin, all that coming back to… } & have the scars, stories and notebooks as evidence.

Curiosity encouraged and welcomed.

Jack Kerouac 100 Centenary
Mixed Media Artifact Round-up

Artifacts, riffs, essays, interviews, etc – specifically about, or generally close to – Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday. {Obviously not complete so kindly let me know if something to add}

One preview from Brian Land:

And speaking of love between Beat brothers, after the post-show groove-down ended, my German compadre Thomas Kauertz had lined up a video-chat with fellow Canadian Beat Dave Olson who’s now living in Japan following in the Gary Snyder tradition, and unlike back in the Beat-old-days, we were able to talk live on screen in that real Star Trek world we find ourselves — and let’s never forget how frickin wild this all is.  Within seconds, we’ve got Dave on the screen in our hands, 14 hours into tomorrow on the other side of the world, as we share live the visual buzz back-and-forth in real time.  Beat that!

Dave’s built a crazy directional sign post in his front yard for all wandering Japanese to stop and wonder about.  He only puts cool locations on it, and the next day he sent a picture of his next addition . . .

via Brian Land:Kerouac’s 100th birthday celebration in Lowell

Post’d etc: recent postcards, poetry book and hand-delivered books

Slightly mysterious Richard Brautigan postcard, postcard from a boxer in Gifu, lovely poetry book from a generational writer in Utah with block prints and stamps
A brilliant anthropologist’s book about technology for kids, a four-color-process fanzine with bleeds, a beautifully produced poetry book (i want you to make one like this), a patch for my jacket or blanket, a packet of coffee prepared in a mailable satchel

Curiously Punctuated (and Ready) ~ Beat Sushi with Jason Emde

Curiously Punctuated (and Ready) ~ Beat Sushi with Jason Emde

Spontaneous riffs and readings from world rambling renegade letter writer with a new master’s thesis, Jason Emde who, as it goes from his home in Gifu also makes a podcast called “writers read their early sh!t”. 

oh Hi, let’s try on hats and listen to records

From the Kura barn studio, Dave meanders about Japan geography and “things not done” and hat selections for Kyoto before reading Jason’s letter to Molly, then rambles on about similarities in geography, points of view, adventures whilst recounting how he came across Jason’s work stretching over a decade or more (and including naval officer Bob), oh then 2 freeverse poems (after Gary Snyder) with Jason’s streams about “usual days” in Gifu and Vernon.

Beat Sushi with Jason Emde at daveostory (art by Ichiro Stanley)

Plus name checks for James Joyce’s Ulysses, Christopher Trottier, Marshall McLuhan, Ken Babbs, Ken Bole, music bits from Bachman Turner Overdrive Live at Budokon, John K Samson (of The Weakerthans etc), hooray for ampersands and em-dashes! Also Amsterdam, London, Vancouver, Bali and most points in between, except Africa, haven’t gone there. 

Continue reading Curiously Punctuated (and Ready) ~ Beat Sushi with Jason Emde

Community & Correspondence ~ Beat Sushi for Dan in Mass & Jack Kerouac 100

Thanks to Dan for the package of friendship, ephemera, artifacts and goodness

Taking a break from chainsaw noise cutting down bamboo, DaveO rambles on about the importance of community and correspondence (yes spelled incorrectly) – especially while in a rough patch with a chronic and complex illness #MECFS – and shares a remarkable package sent by Kerouac enthusiast Dan Bacon in Massachusetts including: scrapboook, artifacts, ephemera and memorabilia from Lowell, Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday, and other events including the impending Town and the City music festival which inspires playing of lovely blue Tanya Donelly and Parkington Sisters vinyl record. 

Also shows new-ish Cascadia passport and meanders about Gary Snyder in Japan years ago and his recent convos with poet Wang Pang ++ love of maps, letters, stories, and how we’re all part of the erstwhile Beat tradition if we are living intentionally, respecting others’ voices and creating goodness. 

Happy to be your fan, fondly etc. from Giggling Piglet Studio in a historic Kura storehouse in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan.

Envelopes of Ephemera (while looking for a home)

Do you keep boarding passes, maps, itineraries, ticket stubs, brochures, cards, coasters and whatnot? do you make *something* from it all? if so, can i see?

Envelopes of ephemera: Rome, Greece, Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia – i was looking for a home (and trying be lost).

Will eventually be collaged scrapbooks (but need to make some scrapbooks to be the scrapbooks these items go into…)

Also: Nepal, items, various (maps – many, aerogramme, hotel coasters and manifests)

Been meaning to call you… (phone poem)

just thinking about ya… how’s it going?

I’ve been meaning to call you
but I don’t know the number
and still can’t figure out time zones

But still,
I’ve been meaning to call you…
just to say hi
and that I’m thinking about
you.

Fondly, daveo

Artifacts: Commemorative item-making devices at Korakuen

Stamping documentation at Korakuen Garden here in Goldilocks Okayama Japan. Tip: Always have a notebook with you (and/or buy postcards) and stamp to remember your times.

Sure there’s lots of nature and plants and trees and bridges and gardens and tea houses and turtles and cranes and flowers going back to the Edo period here at Korakuen Gardens… but also machines of various mechanical, electronic and analog persuasion to commemorate your visit to Korakuen (1 of 3 “top official super official great special” gardens in Japan) in pleasant Okayama, the “Goldilocks“ of Japan. Also postcards and tea (naturally).

Examples, lightly annotated below:

* Stamp your notebook with a commemorative stamp and an extra stamp with today’s date (checkmarko)

* Buy a Okayama Momotaro pin (check mark)

* Buy a coin to commemorate your visit (checkmark)

* Engrave the coin you just bought with a special message (checkmark) {note: this machine was so interesting with mix of digital and mechanical-ness, and clackety-clackety sounds]

3 Phones for teleporting and transmission (+ haiku for Mom)

a black phone in Noto, Japan reminds me of my childhood 604-584-7930 and my Mom, hence haiku

+ Mother’s Day haiku +

Our home phone number
Felted inside rubber boots
So I was never lost

{note re haiku form}

2 devices for time travel: as seen at a cafe in Okayama

Where have you teleported recently?

this pink pay phone 10¥ will be added to a box atop this stump and used to call anyone, anywhere, anytime

Phone to the Wind: give a call, no matter where in the universe. ¥10 optional.

Noticed: School uniforms (of a sort)

School Uniforms, variations (of sorts) / *not necessarily to scale*

Observed in a community centre exhibit on an outing to Kojima, Okayama, Japan. Kojima is the “denim capital” of Japan and the Okayama area is also noted from producing the ubiquitous school uniforms worn around Japan. This exhibit was an homage of sorts. 

Stationery in Cinema, vol. 3 (2 ID cards, a painting, a telegram & a letter)

From Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (i have my own version of this item now)

Due to an affection for stationery, letters, scrapbooks and whatnot, i notice such items when viewing moving pictures. As such, i am often inclined to capture screenshots for my memory.

Sometimes, oddly enough, these are printed and put into scrapbooks in a sorta meta-remix. Either way, to keep these tidbits close at hand, assorted specimen are collected within.

From Miyazaki’s (ummm which one is that? Totoro?) with a Dempo (telegram) being delivered… Yup, love telegrams
The titular (Marvellous) Mrs Maisel character hanging art in her apartment – warms my heart
A radio and air mail envelope from… ummmm maybe The Crown or The Americans (i should take notes, well i did “Alabama” – what does this mean?)
Another radio, can’t recall from where but sure amused by the lovely inky pen details
From one of the versions of GTO Great Teacher Onizuka – not the original, a re-do of some kind, anyhow the point is this great ID card/certificate with luxurious “preferential treatment” translation