Jack Kerouac (possibly drunk)

That is how The New Republic titled one of the many fascinating archival video clips it has assembled on its website.  When you watch that particular clip you realize that inserting “possibly” into the parenthetical statement was an act of inspired generosity.

Along with the Kerouac clip you will find videos of J. R. R. Tolkien, Isaiah Berlin, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Leon Trotsky, Aldous Huxley, Michel Foucault, Jean Paul Sartre, Walker Percy, Eudora Welty, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and several more.  Most of the clips are quite short, many are a bit grainy, and a few are not in English (such as Camus at a soccer match).

Just in case you needed something to help you waste away some time.  Although it’s not quite a waste, I don’t think.

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