Kerouac

“Boys and girls in America have such a sad time
together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately
without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk- real straight talk
about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.”

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  1. I actually went through the book and made a list of all my favorite snippets.
    That exact section is one of them.

  2. lol. dead on, it seems. why is that? having a 18th century mind myself, it leaves me in the dark.

  3. that's from On The Road, right?
    the Beats were total geniuses.

  4. [esto es genial]

  5. I wrote more than that! I swear. Ah. The gist of it was I am reading Mexican Blues. And truth does lie in contradiction. Looks like I found an underlying theme. 🙂

  6. Holy crap was Jack full of shit — excuse my language, but he'd fuck anything that moved with a skirt. That's just Kerouac being Kerouac the Idealist that never, ever lived up to his ideals. Good writing, tho.

  7. ^well, i suppose, as long as he relayed his intentions to his quarry in a straight way, he didn't technically contradict himself 😉

  8. Welcome to Vox! Good to see you around these parts. 🙂

  9. i thought he lived up to all his ideals. i never seem to find stuff he preaches that he doesn't do himself.

  10. Hi Mr. Nice. Kool handle, btw. Kerouac was a walking, talking contradiction. One example will serve, as it is the cornerstone of the Kerouac myth that he himself and others have perpetuated: Spontaneous Prose. It was thought Kerouac, high on Benzedrine and listening to bop on the radio, ripped through "On the Road" in a three week stint in NY City, speed typing a continuous scroll so that he wouldn't have to reload the typewriter and break his innovative writing; typing it on the scroll to ensure only a spontaneous single version. First though best thought, right?He did write the first draft on a scroll in an incredibly short time. He only drank coffee, However, and wrote from journals and notebooks that he had been developing since the late 40s — journals and notebooks that had character sketches, chapter outlines, and evidence of just how many versions had come before the final version. In order to get the book in print, Jack edited and rewrote innumerable drafts, as well as suffering corrections from his editor. The book published as "On the Road" in 1957 bore little resemblance to the original scroll — although both were heavily edited and reworked. If you want to read the original scroll — and i recommend it as this is a far superior version — walk or drive to your local B&N and grab a copy, as it was published last year.

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