goldmourn (amberdawnpullin) wrote,
goldmourn
amberdawnpullin

on kerouac

'...and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" '
- from On The Road by Jack Kerouac


I had started reading On The Road the Friday that I had both my counselling appointment and my doctor's appointment. I finished it yesterday. It took me awhile because I have been reading other stuff as well plus the whole working and sleeping and watching tv thing meant that I wasn't reading continually. I enjoyed the book and the detail of the writing but I found myself disappointed in Sal Paradise for being so caught up in Dean while at the same time understanding his attraction to such a lively and complex personality - one of those minds that doesn't stop but keeps bopping to the beat of everything going on both inside him and around him. Yes, I enjoyed the book. This paperback edition I have also includes Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums and The Subterraneans but I think I'll move on to reading something else and come back to those later. I was thinking of Jim Morrison's The American Night, one of the books I have of his poetry, and of how that could possibly be a reference as well to 'The American Night' that Kerouac mentioned a few times in On The Road... I would recommend the two being read together. The American Night is The Writings of Jim Morrison Volume 2.

Books are great. Poetry is great. Prose is great. All of it is great. Great, great, great.

I want to write.
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