city: st petersburg

jack kerouac’s last house

from jack kerouac posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

Jack Kerouac was living in this home with his third wife, Stella, and his mother when he suffered an internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis. He died on October 21, 1969 at the age of 47.

The house has remained essentially the same since the time his mother died in 1972. Today, some efforts are being made to salvage the house and turn it into a museum or writer's retreat.

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haslam’s book store

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One of the largest independent bookstores in the Southeast, Haslam's was frequented by Jack Kerouac as he spent the last years of his life in St. Petersburg. Kerouac apparently disapproved of the alphabetical placement of his books on the bottom shelf, so he would move them up to eye level.

Although some people claim that Kerouac's ghost still haunts the store, a cat named Teacup guards steadfastly against intruders, both physical and supernatural.

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the flamingo bar

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Jack Kerouac used to frequent this bar as he wound down the last few years of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. Supposedly, he came here for his last night out before he died from an internal hemorrhage.

The Flamingo Bar has an ongoing Jack Kerouac special for $2.25: rot-gut whiskey and a draft beer.

The bar is decorated with Jack Kerouac memorabilia and host an annual Jack Kerouac Night with music performances and readings.

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salvador dali museum

from salvador dali posted in art and design by prof_improbable

Opened at this location on the downtown waterfront (next to the Mahaffey Theater) in 2011, the Salvador Dalí Museum contains several works by the famous surrealist: the collection includes 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objets d'art, and an extensive archival library.

Also included are 7 of the 18 masterwork paintings by Dalí (including The Hallucinogenic Toreador and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, the most of any museum in the world. To be considered a masterwork these paintings must be at least 5 feet in any direction and have been worked on for over a year.

The building itself was designed by the US-based architecture firm of HOK (a.k.a. Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum).

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