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Jay Atkinson


Jay Atkinson is the author of Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac’s Lost Highway and My Search for America, and several other books.


What It’s Like to Swim Walden Pond in November

On a cool morning in Concord this fall, I found out what it’s like to follow in Henry David Thoreau’s footsteps.

Author Jay Atkinson stands on a bridge in a forest.
Arts & Entertainment

Read an Excerpt of “The Tree Stand,” a Short Story about Hunting, Desperation, and Loss

A title excerpt from the BU instructor’s new collection about a New Hampshire-based contractor who’s fallen on hard times.

Arts & Entertainment

Bob Dylan’s Lowell Show Is More Than a Concert: It’s a Requiem for Jack Kerouac

The singer was hugely influenced by the writing of the Lowell native.

El crimen va en aumento, el sistema escolar se ha deteriorado, el gobierno ha perdido el control, Lawrence, el lugar más desolado del estado de Massachusetts, jamás ha visto días peores. Encima de esto, la mala noticia es que la responsabilidad de lograr un cambio está en las manos del controversial alcalde, William Lantigua.

City Life

City of the Damned