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Jack Kerouac was actually a native French speaker. His parents were both French Canadian and moved to Lowell, Mass where Jack was born. His Christian name is Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac. Many critics attribute his bizarre ability to write poetic run-on sentences to the fact that English grammar rules weren't as natural to him as French ones. -mcd


Oscar Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas (‘Bosie’).

Portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, Café de Flore, Paris, c. 1945. Fotografía de Brassaï

“And that's why books are never going to die. It's impossible. It's the only time we really go into the mind of a stranger, and we find our common humanity doing this. So the book doesn't only belong to the writer, it belongs to the reader as well, and then together you make it what it is.” ― Paul Auster, photo uncredited

leonard cohen

The English Beat - band

太宰 治 Osamu Dazai June 19, 1909 – June 13, 1948. Japanese author

Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

bonewhitemare: Tom Waits Photo by Guido Harari