Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Jack Kerouac VERSUS Allen Ginsberg



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Miriam Toews Vs Jack Keruoac, with a final score of 5-4 was Jack Kerouac!

Well, a tie-breaker came my way last week and once again, that means that I get to cast the deciding vote. I have to say, it wasn't an easy decision. Quite frankly, I've only read one book by each and I think both are somewhat overrated. However, I'm going with legacy and will throw my vote Kerouac's way. Maybe Toews will have a long lasting influence as well, but it's too early to tell. Like Raidergirl had said a short while ago, I was underwhelmed by Toews' a complicated kindness. The funny thing is, I thought it pleasant enough the first time I'd read it and disliked it more and more after other people read it. And praised it. And awarded it. It was fine, but certainly didn't deserve all that. I began to dwell on minor issues I'd had with the book. Didn't she, for example, push the quirk factor just a little too far? Oh well.

This week it's a battle of the beats...

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Dec 22, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?






Disappointed that there are no Canadian contenders this week? Well, Kerouac did have Canadian roots, with both parents hailing from Quebec. Not enough? Well, you can always head over here (subtext: you must head over here) and vote for me, as the best Canadian Cultural or Literature Blog.


And if you still haven't gotten rid of the voting bug, why not also vote in the Best NWT Blogs? I'm up for a "Best Themed Blog" Award. Check it out. And do yourself a favour while you're there: check out all the other great NWT Blogs-- there's a very active and close knit blogging community North of 60!

8 comments:

Nicola said...

These two are totally not my type of reading so I'll sit this one out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm gonna have to go with Ginsberg on this one. Not necessarily for the writing, but for his habit of going to parties and removing all his clothes, and leaving them in a tidy pile in the bathroom.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Yes, he is the easier one to relate to.

Loni said...

So, I clicked on the Allen Ginsberg link and it came up with Anne-Marie MacDonald. I'm pretty sure that wasn't your intention.

John Mutford said...

Loni: Thanks for the catch. I often get them confused. It's fixed now!

Melanie said...

While I'm not crazy about either of these guys, I like Ginsberg much better than Kerouac. Really don't like Kerouac. So, a vote for Allen this week.

Stephanie said...

Ah....Gotta go with Kerouac. King of the Beat?? On the Road?? Classic!

Remi said...

Well, you found the one person to drag me away from Kerouac. Ginsberg for his passion, his verse and his humour.