Jack Kerouac quote!

“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.”

17 thoughts on “Jack Kerouac quote!

    1. Eleanor – so many things.
      First there is that free-flowing stream of consciousness writing. Then there is this vitality, thirst for life. Then the description of a totally different lifestyle, a search for adventure, for pleasure and for an underlying meaning. It was such a contrast to the conforming mediocrity and drabness of mainstream culture. It bopped.

      1. I’m going to keep your words in mind as I continue reading. Because I confess that I have found his style to be somewhat rambling and incoherent….like trying to follow a conversation with someone who is high. But maybe that’s the point, and I’ll appreciate it for that.

      2. Eleanor – he did write in on Benzedrine – and I think the writing does have that speed and vitality to it. Its structure is the journey. Its cadence is Bebop jazz. You probably have to get into the rhythm of it and read it as it was written – fast – let it flow over you.

  1. I like the quote. As someone who works on “treatment” for madness, I always feel like I am trying to help modern society not be so harsh on them. Never got too into Kerouac. I like Hemingway’s style better.

    1. Tim – I like Hemingway too but there is something about Kerouac’s stream of consciousness that really is powerful for me. When he gets that jazz beat going it has so much pace and energy.

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