And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
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I picked this book up at the UCen Bookstore at UCSB a while back, but never really got around to willing myself to read it all the way through.  Given the inordinate amount of time I had on the Amtrak today, however, I used three hours’ worth of time to read the book cover to cover.  Having been exposed to a little bit of the culture from Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, it wasn’t as shocking of a read as it might’ve been had I not been adequately prepared for the times.  It’s a pretty interesting read of the David Kammerer murder event told by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, each of whom are characters within the book (Mike Ryko and Will Dennison).  The main takeaway that I had from the book was the power of image, and how each of the characters was really consumed with the image they were presenting, going from the costumes they donned to the places they were seen at – all of these affected their image.  Definitely a very quick read, but it was well worth the time, in my opinion, for a glimpse into the culture of Kerouac and Burroughs and Ginsberg.


2 thoughts on “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks.

  1. Fantastic blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on
    everything. Would you recommend starting with
    a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations? Bless you!


    1. Hey, thanks for the read and the support! I guess if you want suggestions from a fellow aspiring writer, the best advice I can give is to give yourself freedom to express. It definitely helps having proper grammar, but even then, it’s a stretch because it is in the blog format. Allowing yourself to just write and not worry about how people judge it is, in the end, what I think attracts other people. If you write unapologetically, you will turn heads and raise eyebrows with your work! I’m not that great myself, but I do it cathartically to relieve myself of whatever is on my mind.
      I’m currently using the free version of WordPress; there are a lot of good designs to choose from already that come with the free package. As for what you title it and all that, it’s up to you! If you want any more suggestions, feel free to let me know! 🙂


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