(Jack) Kerouacked

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My apologies to Allen Ginsberg who’s epic poem “Howl I am paraphrasing. ” I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, intellectually starving, hysterical & naked, reduced to posting disjointed sentence fragments and inane non sequiturs on Facebook ” lol…

Most young people today don’t even know who Allen Ginsberg is and if they do, “he’s was that fag that was friends with Bob Dylan.” But it is because of people like Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac and the beat poets that today, we American’s are free to day to express ourselves freely as protected under the First Amendment. He was on trial for a poem! The times they lived under were very different but as they say in France and certain parts of Canada:  “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”,  in English “the more things change the more they stay the same.” And now internet censorship has become reality.

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The pendulum swings both ways and America seems to be swinging to the right again. “Conservative values” and “core beliefs” are codes words for let’s return to the 1950’s White America. Back then of course everything actually was in black and white. Technicolor wasn’t til the 1960’s and after seeing it’s effects, the Man and CoIntel Pro nipped it in the bud.

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So I can understand the countries nostalgia for wanting to return to the days of “Leave It To Beaver” and “Mayberry R.F.D.” but this small town mindset is too confining. I think you’d better take Jack Kerouac’s advice and get ” On the Road “, which of course is the title of his best known work. It turns out that large parts of it were taken directly from letters sent to him by Neal Cassady (according to the new book “Neal Cassady, the Fast Life of a Beat Hero”Cassady lived it but it took someone else to write it down. He had no patience for that, too square. Life is to be lived. So live a little why don’t you? Anyway I guess all I’m saying is think for yourself…it’s not to late.

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“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”

―  Jack Kerouac,  On the Road

 

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