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Hottest Writers Ever!

1. Jack Kerouac.

Your faves?
--More Northgan
replies 141Nov 28, 2017 12:35 PM +00:00

I suspect the hottest will be the least talented and vice versa.

Prove me wrong!

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Sebastian Junger
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Gardner McKay
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Malcom X.
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Oliver Sacks
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Young Ethan Canin.
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The younger Mark Twain looks a bit like a cute millennial.
replies 7Nov 28, 2017 2:00 PM +00:00

The Bolivian marching powder guy was hot in his day.

replies 8Nov 28, 2017 2:26 PM +00:00

Ernest Hemingway

replies 9Nov 28, 2017 2:29 PM +00:00

John Steinbeck was a fox.
replies 10Nov 28, 2017 2:34 PM +00:00

Wow, Oliver Sacks was a pretty sexy guy when he got a little older too.
replies 11Nov 28, 2017 2:36 PM +00:00

Dunno about hottest writers ever, but I can contribute faves, as in head shots with smouldering or come-hither eyes

Philip Roth pre-1975

Robert Service

Wilfrid Owen

Siegfried Sassoon

replies 12Nov 28, 2017 2:47 PM +00:00

Not that he's all that bad now, but the younger Michael Chabon was a stunning man.

And I saw him in person several times. None of his photos do him even the slightest justice. He was sex on two legs.
replies 13Nov 28, 2017 2:51 PM +00:00

Anne Sexton

replies 14Nov 28, 2017 3:17 PM +00:00

Ted Hughes had a lot of sex appeal. Plath told a friend, "You know, in bed, he smells like a butcher."
replies 15Nov 28, 2017 3:27 PM +00:00

Brad Gooch.

Brad Gooch at his birthday party. Wednesday, January 28, 1987.
Getty Images
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Tom Tryon
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Clive Barker.
replies 18Nov 28, 2017 3:49 PM +00:00

Im sure there are some good looking black writers,but Malcom isnt one of them.

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Jasper Fforde

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replies 20Nov 28, 2017 3:53 PM +00:00

Mario Vargas Llosa.
replies 21Nov 28, 2017 3:53 PM +00:00

r19 isn't racist, just jealous of the jawline.

replies 22Nov 28, 2017 3:54 PM +00:00

Harper Lee
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The young Sam Shepard looks like the young Joe Dallesandro.
replies 24Nov 28, 2017 4:14 PM +00:00

Andrew Sean Greer; ginger studly yet sensitive.
replies 25Nov 28, 2017 5:03 PM +00:00

Lord Byron
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^ He is gorgeous.

replies 27Nov 28, 2017 5:04 PM +00:00

I meant Andrew Sean Greer.

No offense to Lord Byron.

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Tolstoy was fug really, big nose.

replies 30Nov 28, 2017 5:07 PM +00:00

Richard Wright
replies 31Nov 28, 2017 5:07 PM +00:00

Hot zaddy John Irving and one of his hot sons!
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replies 33Nov 28, 2017 5:12 PM +00:00

I would go with Malcom except that he was such a nation of islam racist

replies 34Nov 28, 2017 5:16 PM +00:00

Malcolm X had a nose that looks like someone flattened for him but was otherwise good looking. He had a strong jawline and chin and a generous full mouth. The glasses didn't take away from his looks IMO.

replies 35Nov 28, 2017 5:17 PM +00:00

Stephen King

replies 36Nov 28, 2017 5:19 PM +00:00

r36, you need to explain yourself.

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Lawrence Durrell
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Rupert Brooke
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Anton Chekhov
replies 47Nov 28, 2017 8:44 PM +00:00

Washington Irving was handsome in his youth. But he matured into a pumpkin.
replies 48Nov 28, 2017 8:52 PM +00:00

I knew about pretty much all of them. But Lawrence Durrell is a nice surprise. Love his looks.

replies 50Nov 28, 2017 9:09 PM +00:00

Guy de Maupassant
replies 51Nov 28, 2017 9:15 PM +00:00

Here's another photo of Jack Kerouac. He was photogenic. But his appearance deteriorated due to heavy drinking.

Some biographies state that he was bisexual.

Incidentally, he lived the same years as Judy Garland, from 1922 to 1969.
--The Dharma Bums
replies 52Nov 28, 2017 9:19 PM +00:00

Eshkol Nevo
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replies 54Nov 28, 2017 10:07 PM +00:00

Chuck Palahniuk; perhaps more fuckable in his youth, but still a hot nerd-daddy today.

And fuckable simply because of who he is.
replies 55Nov 28, 2017 10:37 PM +00:00

Nathaniel Hawthorne

--Hepzibah Pyncheon
replies 56Nov 29, 2017 7:24 AM +00:00

Jack Kerouac looks like a hunkier Colton Haynes in the OP photo.

replies 57Nov 29, 2017 7:28 AM +00:00

Colton Haynes looks like a prissier Jack Kerouac in the OP photo.

--Copyedited that you you.
replies 58Nov 29, 2017 10:05 AM +00:00

I don't know if this Peter Orlovsky actually wrote anything I want to pick up, but still...
replies 59Nov 30, 2017 6:56 PM +00:00

paul theroux
replies 60Nov 30, 2017 6:58 PM +00:00

Oliver Sachs
replies 61Nov 30, 2017 6:59 PM +00:00

Haruki Murakami .... i love his writing. i thought that was the topic. let's see what he looks like....

well, check it out for your self......... he's no jack Kerouac but this man can write.
replies 62Nov 30, 2017 7:04 PM +00:00

Rupert Brooke
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Robert Frost
replies 64Nov 30, 2017 7:15 PM +00:00

Robert Frost could take my road less traveled any day.

replies 65Nov 30, 2017 7:17 PM +00:00

Scruffy and sexy James Agee.

replies 66Nov 30, 2017 7:22 PM +00:00

I posted the frost pic. He's not hot, but he's a very pretty Ivy League Twink with blow job lips a century before they became common.

replies 67Nov 30, 2017 7:25 PM +00:00

Jack London

replies 68Nov 30, 2017 7:33 PM +00:00

Where is 'North Morgan'— or whatever he calls himself?

replies 69Nov 30, 2017 7:38 PM +00:00

Albert Camus
replies 70Nov 30, 2017 7:40 PM +00:00

Thanks for turning me on to Kerouac, op.

I had no idea what he looked like, but he was certainly hot!
replies 71Nov 30, 2017 7:54 PM +00:00

Was Jack Kerouak gay? Tons of photos that pinged for me.
replies 72Nov 30, 2017 7:55 PM +00:00

Lots of male/male bonding ...
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And more...
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And more...
replies 75Nov 30, 2017 7:57 PM +00:00

Kerouac was a closeted bi. Had sex with Gore Vidal, Allan Ginsberg, and probably a few guys when we was a merchant marine.

Sadly, not Neal Cassidy, who had a legendary cock (which Ginsberg sucked).

--It's been WIDELY reported.
replies 76Nov 30, 2017 7:57 PM +00:00

Kerouak wasn't gay but he was one of those guy guys. Love his friends, bonded with men.

replies 77Nov 30, 2017 7:58 PM +00:00

R77, you can't even spell his name. STFU and go back to your Real Housewives threads.

replies 78Nov 30, 2017 8:03 PM +00:00

Someone up-thread posted a young Mark Twain. Here is an older Twain.
replies 79Nov 30, 2017 8:41 PM +00:00

I think Kerouac was bi but deeply troubled by his gay side, probably due to his traditional Catholic upbringing. He probably never really accepted that part of himself, though he accepted it in his close friends, i.e., Allen Ginsberg and others. In his writing in "Visions of Cody" and "On the Road" I kind of get the feeling Kerouac had a bit of a crush on Neal Cassidy, though it was never consumated. (Although apparently Allen got a taste of Neal.) Kerouac became an alcoholic and the photo in R74 shows him in his decline. He only lived to be 47.

Someone posted a photo of Peter Orlovsky above. He was part of the circle of "Beat Poets" in the San Francisco poetry "renaissance" of th mid 1950s. I'm pretty sure Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg were boyfriends, possibly for a long time. These guys were pioneers in the conformist 1950s, not only with their new writing styles but also in their openness about their gay sides, during a homophobic period in America.

replies 80Nov 30, 2017 8:44 PM +00:00

I can totally see Cassidy and Kerouac hooking up, R80.

They're a very handsome couple.
replies 81Nov 30, 2017 8:57 PM +00:00

Both Lawrence Durrell and his brother Gerald were very handsome men - till the drink took over. Lawrence retained his looks, but Gerald was a bloated mess.

“Really, it’s time something was done. I can’t be expected to produce deathless prose in an atmosphere of gloom and eucalyptus.” Gerald Durrell “quoting” his bro…
replies 82Nov 30, 2017 9:28 PM +00:00

Another vote for the beautiful Rupert Brooke.
replies 83Nov 30, 2017 11:09 PM +00:00

Rupert Brooke.
replies 84Nov 30, 2017 11:09 PM +00:00

Siegfried Sassoon was a hot piece of rough.
replies 85Nov 30, 2017 11:13 PM +00:00

Langston Hughes
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Hughes was beautiful

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After Kerouac sold The Subterraneans to the movies he moved in next door to us on a dead end street in Northport, NY the town where Peter Orlovsky was from. The photos of him above looking older and drunk are from that house, I think. He looked like what he was, a rapidly-aging drunk. All the housewives loved him but he wouldn't give them the time of day. He didn't hang out with any of the neighbors except for my dad who had him over for a drink one Christmas (Dad was kind of hunky back then). Kerouac had that kind of glazed bennies and booze look that freaked out my mom. She told my father never to invite him over again.

replies 88Dec 1, 2017 2:34 AM +00:00

Why do so many writers drink?

--Joan Didion
replies 89Dec 1, 2017 4:59 AM +00:00

To slow down the imagery so they can jot it down?

replies 90Dec 1, 2017 5:26 AM +00:00

Gore Vidal was never hot.

replies 91Dec 1, 2017 5:35 AM +00:00

I would agree with Chuck P and Oliver S, and some of the other pics surprised me. Cool thread

replies 92Dec 1, 2017 6:15 AM +00:00

langston hughes all the way.....great writer, gay and yes beautiful....

let us not forget the genius walt whitman

replies 93Dec 1, 2017 8:58 AM +00:00

Young Kerouac was definitely hot. Middle-aged Kerouac was not.

Largely overlooked in popular and critical assessments of Jack Kerouac's work is how intimately it is connected to his French-Canadian background and his chi...
replies 94Dec 1, 2017 10:06 AM +00:00

Young Gore was quite OK looking - not really hot, but patrician and glamorous.
replies 95Dec 1, 2017 10:14 AM +00:00

Rupert Brooke once bathed naked with Virginia Woolf.

This photo makes him look rather like Milo Yianoppolis.
replies 96Dec 1, 2017 10:19 AM +00:00

Jens Lapidus

Jens Lapidus slog igenom stort med sin debutroman Snabba cash  som utspelar sig i Stockholms undre värld. Han är nu aktuell med romanen Livet deluxe som är den tredje boken i serien. Stadsbibliotekets Suzanne Ahrling intervjuat honom om hans författarskap och hur han hittar tid att skriva.
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Why do so many writers drink?

Thought flow a bit easier when you drink.

Alcohol definitely makes a person more uninhibited, and thus the mind flows more freely. At least for me, it does.

It really does tend to open your mind, which is good for writing.

replies 99Dec 1, 2017 11:13 AM +00:00

D.H. Lawrence looked like he'd be good in bed.
replies 100Dec 1, 2017 11:23 AM +00:00

R94 Thanks for posting that video. It was odd watching Kerouac speak such fluent French. Forgot he was from Montreal. He isn't bad there, as bad as he got, booze-wise. I've seen him worse on another show, maybe Steve Allen. In this video, you could see his sensitivity. He was shy. There's a bar down on Main Street called Gunther's where Kerouac used to drink which burned down recently and everyone has been writing graffiti about Kerouac, telling them to rebuild, which I'm sure they will. They make too much money from it. Kerouac had groupies back in the 60s. They'd come down the street and throw pebbles at his windows. His mother was a big woman. She'd get rid of them.
replies 101Dec 1, 2017 11:57 AM +00:00

He isn't from Montreal.

Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, to French Canadian parents.

replies 102Dec 1, 2017 12:00 PM +00:00

You're right R102. My mistake. Didn't realize there was such a large French-Canadian population in Lowell. I read this: “I am French Canadian, brought to the world in New England. When I am angry I often swear in French. When I dream I often dream in French. When I cry I always cry in French.”

replies 103Dec 1, 2017 12:08 PM +00:00

Well, his parents were. It doesn't vanish right away.

replies 104Dec 1, 2017 12:12 PM +00:00

T.E. Lawrence liked to be rudely sodomized by Moors!
replies 105Dec 1, 2017 12:21 PM +00:00

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Jens lapidus (suspected bi man) writes a very sweet/sad gay love story in the conclusion of his trilogy "Life Deluxe" which was made into a swedish movie staring DL fav Martin Wallstrom.

replies 107Dec 1, 2017 12:59 PM +00:00

Zadie Smith is beautiful

replies 108Dec 1, 2017 1:11 PM +00:00

Richard Mason
replies 109Dec 1, 2017 1:21 PM +00:00

I agree with R56 about Hawthorne. Jack London was really attractive.

replies 110Dec 1, 2017 2:32 PM +00:00
Jack London was really attractive

No so much.
replies 111Dec 1, 2017 2:35 PM +00:00

John Grisham

--No photo necessary
replies 112Dec 1, 2017 2:46 PM +00:00

I guess the HItler photos are a lame joke (not only was he not a writer, he was plug ugly) but why is Kennedy in this thread? He wasn't a writer either (he didn't write "Profiles In Courage (that book was written by Ted Sorensen) and he wasn't hot.

replies 113Dec 1, 2017 2:58 PM +00:00

I think Ken Kesey and his balding head are pretty sexy.
replies 114Dec 1, 2017 3:13 PM +00:00

Alan Seeger (Pete's uncle), killed in WWI.
replies 115Dec 1, 2017 4:23 PM +00:00

Kerouac in living color.

replies 116Dec 1, 2017 4:26 PM +00:00

R111, google "pics of Jack London." You will see the pic you have, but a lot of others when he was younger and in much better health. I should have qualified that he was very good looking when young but looked very rough in the years shortly before his death at 40. By that time, he was a serious alcoholic and user of morphine (near his death and for pain) and he also suffered from various diseases, including the disfiguring tropical disease yaws that he had contracted in his travels, and the uremia, which is what killed him along with a purported accidental (older accounts said intentional) overdose of morphine.

replies 117Dec 1, 2017 4:35 PM +00:00

That interview with Kerouac is ...surreal.

replies 118Dec 1, 2017 4:40 PM +00:00

I think Kerouac was slightly drunk during that Steve Allen show and somewhat nervous at the same time. He didn't like fame or being in the spotlight. I think the fame and attention contributed to his alcoholism. He grew up in Lowell, MA and spoke only French until he learned English at the age of 6. His given name was Jean-Louis Kérouac, though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac.

Someone mentioned Ken Kesey, and he was very muscular and in his youth very hot. I saw him in person at a lecture/poetry reading he hosted at Reed College in Portland, OR in 1982, and he was still hot then. I am a fan of his work. I did have an opportunity to talk with him at one point that evening but I checkened out and did not approach him. Years later I wrote a fan letter to him and sent it to him via his neighbor who owns the ranch next to Kesey's, who I do know, and he gave it to Ken. Kesey passed away unexpectedly in 2001 at the age of 66.

replies 119Dec 1, 2017 5:51 PM +00:00

hot author of Norway....Jo Nesbo
replies 120Dec 2, 2017 12:01 PM +00:00

Yukio Mishima owns this thread.
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^ ^
replies 123Dec 2, 2017 12:17 PM +00:00

Thanks for the fun clip, R116. What a beautiful, colorful set, too. Too bad there is nothing like that on TV now.

replies 124Dec 2, 2017 12:26 PM +00:00

Miloš Crnjanski
replies 125Dec 2, 2017 12:27 PM +00:00

Spike Jonze.
replies 126Dec 2, 2017 12:37 PM +00:00

Hunter S. Thompson. I don't give a fig what anyone thinks of him personally, I find his life fascinating.
replies 127Dec 2, 2017 2:09 PM +00:00

Surprised he was so nerd-cute in his youth.

Too bad he went bald, got old and went insane.
--But the drugs liked him.
replies 128Dec 5, 2017 12:01 PM +00:00

I think we're getting close to the end of these portraits.

These portraits were taken long before the author matured into writing anything any way readable.
replies 129Dec 5, 2017 12:07 PM +00:00

I'm surprised at not only the number of replies (I was expecting this thread to be super short), but some of the authors in this thread really are super hot.

My contribution: Despite the evidence that he was a (celibate) pedophile, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was appealing in a brooding, Victorian, prissy way. He looked like a more attractive Tom Hiddleston.
replies 130Dec 5, 2017 12:47 PM +00:00

More LC
replies 131Dec 5, 2017 12:50 PM +00:00

Gomorrah's Roberto Saviano is not bad looking at all

Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet.
replies 132Dec 5, 2017 1:03 PM +00:00

James Purdy

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Emile Nelligan
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Robert W. Service
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A young Charles Dickens
replies 136Dec 5, 2017 2:44 PM +00:00

Young John Rechy.
replies 137Dec 5, 2017 2:48 PM +00:00

So far Oliver Sachs and Jack Kerouac are winning this race.

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Poets Peter Orlovsky and Jack Kerouac pose in swim trunks, converted boxer shorts, as William S. Burroughs takes a nap fully clothed on a beach in Tangier, Morocco.
Getty Images
replies 139Dec 5, 2017 3:38 PM +00:00

Richard Farina, folksinger & cult author (namely the novel ‘Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me). He was a college friend to Pynchon and Bob Dylan, and a total Latin fox. Legend tells that ladies loved and gentlemen alike adored him on campus.

He died very young, before his genius was recognised by mainstream America.
replies 140Dec 6, 2017 1:30 PM +00:00

Jack Kerouac was handsome, masculine, athletic, yet also cultured and intellectual; a published author and poet, gay-friendly, though his own orientation is unclear, he had close gay friends during a homophobic time in America, unfortunately an alcoholic later... in other words, all the makings of a DL icon, yet he's not.
--Sal Paradise
replies 141Dec 6, 2017 2:31 PM +00:00