When I Was Cool by Sam Kashner
My Life at the Jack Kerouac School

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First student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Sam Kashner tells with humor and grace his life with the Beats. But the best story is Kashner himself -- the coming-of-age of a young man in the chaotic world of the very idols he hoped to emulate.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
 

About Sam Kashner

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Sam Kashner, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of three books of nonfiction and one novel, Sinatraland.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Coming-of-age narrative from the first alumnus of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the original Buddhist college in America.

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Though the Beat Generation -- the literary movement started by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and a few others -- enjoyed its heyday in the late 1940s and '50s, new catalogs of the work, fresh statements of relevance, even lost diaries and recordings from dusty attics, are still ...

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Originally posted Feb 27, 2004 Published in issue #753 Feb 27, 2004 Order article reprints

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