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

When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School

bySam Kashner

Paperback | February 1, 2005

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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.
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, inc...
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Title:When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006000567X

ISBN - 13:9780060005672

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Day to Day Life in Narpoa Overall the book was a bit of a let down for me, but I can't exactly say why. Decades ago, when I first heard of Naropa, I seriously considered going there. This book made me glad I decided not to. Sam Kashner seems perfectly likeable, and I did chuckle at his telling of his father getting huge credit card bills after Sam took his idols who were at the time starving artists (by choice) out to eat. I was intrigued to read about what it would be like for a young inspiring writer to spend his days being mentored by his (and some of my) literary idols, but somehow it just wasn't, and I found myself getting annoyed that he didn't get annoyed that they were clearly using him and their clout to make him do mundane chores for them, when he was supposed to be getting experience and and education which he was paying tuition for. I also felt like it's a bit of piggybacking on their names to get a book published. It's not exploitative or bad writing, it's just that there is nothing whatsoever that would compel me to read any of Sam Kashner's subsequent work
Date published: 2017-12-02

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“Fond, funny and finally heartbreaking.”