Happy Black Friday?! The writers associated with the Beat Generation generally avoided vapid commercialism, but if you have a friend, family member, or colleague who is into Beat literature — or if you’re looking to spoil yourself — you may want to bless them with a gift that values their literary interest this holiday season. But what do you get for the Beat reader who has a bookshelf full of dog-eared novels and biographies?
If your friends are “the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved” — you know, people who religiously read Jack Kerouac — they’ll appreciate these unique literary-inspired gifts.
Then, again, as Kerouac said: “Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.”
1. A cappuccino cup from Caffe Reggio.
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Caffe Reggio one of the coffeehouses the Beats hung out at in Greenwich Village.
2. Teavana Global Treasures Tea Gift Set.
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“‘Now you understand the Oriental passion for tea,’” said Japhy. “‘Remember that book I told you about; the first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.’” ~Jack Kerouac
3. Chronicle Books Bedside Dream Journal.
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“All human beings are also dream beings.” ~Jack Kerouac
4. On the Road key ring from Penguin.
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Get your kicks on Route 66 with this On the Road key ring from Penguin.
5. Cinnamon Apple Pie Candle from SweetShoppeCandles.
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“I ate apple pie and ice cream—it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer.” ~Jack Kerouac
And you know what these all pair well with? You guessed it! A copy of Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” which is available in paperback through Lulu and Amazon and in ebook through Lulu.
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