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You're a Genius All the Time: Belief and Technique for Modern Prose Hardcover – September 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811870269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Kerouac is best known as the chronicler of the Beat Generation. His books include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, and Desolation Angels.

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Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lauren G VINE VOICE on January 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Kerouac's rules of writing. Although both of Kerouac's writing articles found in this book can be found online, I'm quite happy that I have this collection. Plus, when has something being online stopped people from buying books in the past?

The small book is beautifully (and simply) bound. The beginning section (his Belief's and Techniques) is full of excellent and appropriate black and white photographs of Kerouac and his friends doing what they do best - living. The typography is great - fast, bold and lively, just like them. The second half of the book (his Essentials), is simpler, with a basic courier new typewriter font. It's more descriptive, and less spur of the moment. Essentially, it's perfect for what he's saying.

I can't say enough how much I like Kerouac's style. It's crazy and utterly confusing at times, but it's him and I appreciate that. The book is inspiring for any writer, and an essential for any beat fan.
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By Juan on January 7, 2013
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well, I just thought it was a little bigger, but its okay, kerouac's words was my primary interest. The binding is really good.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Maher on January 9, 2013
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The words that served more or less as Kerouac's manifesto for the composition of spontaneous prose is boxed inside an overpriced ridiculous design concept. Gossip blogger Regina Weinreich's editorial contributions are unnecessary. Find a good blogger online that reposts this gem writ from Kerouac's genius (for free) and forego this unashamed attempt to cash in on Kerouac.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By greenhornet on April 18, 2011
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American literature is full of far-flung relatives living off of the literary remains of certain writers. Think of the utterly ridiculous: "(Famous Author) Furniture" and the likes and you get what I mean. Now take this book as an example: true, it's not a raincoat or a typewriter, but there's absolutely no reason for it. The only reason I bought it was for the pictures, as there's actually a few I've never seen. But they are so small you need a magnifying glass to make them out. The reason for this is that they can, no doubt, be recycled in some other book in the near future. Jack Kerouac is sorely in need of some sympathetic SCHOLARS to handle his literary archives. His writings need to be put out in a respectable form, like the Library of America volume. Not these baloney dribbles... Every time a "new" book comes out I wince at the prospect at what we're going to get. Jack must be doing flips in the Edson cemetary. Even Stella, who was true to the man to the very end, is probably joining him in a few cartwheels of her own.
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