82. Scratching Beyond Kerouac’s Surface w/ Saloni Srivastava & David O’Connor

In the final special episode celebrating American author Jack Kerouac’s centennial birthday, Dan invites Advanced PhD scholar of American Literature Saloni Srivastava & Poet David O’Connor to talk about the all-consuming meditative power of driving on the road, living at The Kerouac house in Orlando, FL, the spiritual depth of Kerouac’s writing, seeking one’s lineage, and a whole lot more. This is an episode that virtually traversed many timezones to happen.

Listen to the first Kerouac episode: 80. Celebrating Jack Kerouac’s 100th Birthday w/ Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan

Listen to the second Kerouac episode: 81. Honoring Kerouac’s Impact on American Poetry w/ S.A. Griffin & Richard Modiano

Saloni Srivastava is an advanced PhD Scholar of American Literature at the department of English of Shiv Nadar University, India. Her research revolves around American road literature of the 1950s through 70s. She has completed her Masters in English from Hansraj College, University of Delhi, India.

Read Saloni’s article: “See the USA in your Chevrolet”: Understanding North
American Automobile Consciousness in 1950s to 70s

David Morgan O’Connor is from a small Canadian village on Lake Huron. After many nomadic years, he’s based in Dublin, where stories and poems progress daily. His writing has appeared in more than 50 print or online publications. He reviews, interviews and blogs monthly.

Click to visit David’s website.

People and Texts Mentioned in this Episode

“Kerouac was sort of the first time I understood, ‘Oh wow you can stream your consciousness and just write what you feel what you see.’”
–David O’Connor

“[Kerouac] wants to consume the road and the culture that comes along with it through Neal Cassady.”
–Saloni Srivastava

“Kerouac sees the flavor of America, but what he devises out of it is this very meditative spiritual, kind of an awakened idea.”
–Saloni Srivastava

“It’s the development of an artist [Jack Kerouac] that happens in the writing.”
–Saloni Srivastava

“I think the whole point of Satori in Paris was [for Kerouac] to go and seek his lineage.”
–Saloni Srivastava

“There was a large phase where I was almost ashamed to admit that I loved The Beats.”
–David O’Connor

“[Jack Kerouac] was really trying. No matter all the negative […] every day he woke up and he pushed towards doing good with his writing.” –David O’Connor

“So I’ve never been to the US, and I feel like if I ever go how can I go to the US and not live it like Kerouac.”
–Saloni Srivastava

This episode was recorded on March 18th, 2022. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

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