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One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur

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A friend warned me not to read any more Kerouac in college or I’d end up dropping out. I guess he saw warning signs. I thought he was projecting his own weaknesses on me. I could keep my experiments with mysticism separate from daily duties, merge a search for truth with institutional learning. What’s a couple more years of school, it’s all I ever knew anyway. Life is more stable than that, I’m more conformist than that. The copy of The Dharma Bums on my desk could not actually alter my life – only a sap would fall for that. But then, along came a girl the same week I started reading it. Sapped.

(Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar)

The 40th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s death approaches, and marking the date will be the documentary, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur.” Presented by F-Stop/Atlantic Records the film is a journey through the places and soul searching that inspired Kerouac’s 1962 novel, Big Sur. Sam Shepard, Patti Smith,Tom Waits, John Ventimiglia and poets Lawrence Ferlinghette, and Aram Saroyan among
others, help piece together the trip.

An album, the result of a collaboration between Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt), will accompany the film. During an initial soundtrack recording session they discovered some mutual Kerouac chemistry and decided to create an album using Kerouac’s text as lyrics for the songs.

I never actually dropped out of college, but that year, though one of the most gorgeous of my life, wasn’t pretty on paper. I never finished The Dharma Bums. I closed it up one day, put in in a box, and have not looked at it since. I hear they are making a movie about it too.

“One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur” opens for one night only in New York and Los Angeles on Thursday, October 15th. A limited release in top 40 markets on Tuesday, October 20th follows. You can pre-order the film as well as the music (cd, digital and vinyl) here.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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