today would have been Jack Kerouac's 90th birthday


here's a few of his aphorisms to help us remember the man who brought poetry back to life in the 50's

Ms Roody i must admit this reminds me so much of u and me.. Bohemian Opus too

a time of gypsy intellectualism that didn't last long enough to suit me...lolol

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.” — The Dharma Bums

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”

“Forgive everyone for your own sins and be sure to tell them you love them which you do.”

“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH…” — Big Sur

“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Learning for instance, to eat when he’s hungry and sleep when he’s sleepy.” – Lonesome Traveller

“The only truth is music.”

“…we all must admit that everything is fine and there’s no need in the world to worry, and in fact we should realize what it would mean to us to UNDERSTAND that we’re not REALLY worried about ANYTHING.” – The Dharma Bums

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.” — On the Road

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nan shartel March 12, 2012 @ 2:33 p.m.

it was nice to meet ya Jack...even nicer to read ya...i spent many hours curled up at Powell's in San Francisco with ur books

in a day when words weren't sidelined into 140 characters on Twitter



Dadler March 19, 2012 @ 1:28 p.m.

How did I miss this, Nan? Bah! Happy belated B-day, Jack. The hitching-a-ride-on-the-back-of-a-flatbed chapter of ON THE ROAD, could sustain me for a lifetime.

And that you met him, Nan, I'm still jealous.


nan shartel March 19, 2012 @ 5:11 p.m.

so completely kool...flickin' the Bic!!!

this is my fave...i spent 6 years as a DJ because of the truth of this line...and i can say IT'S TRUE!!!

“The only truth is music.”

i love Dharma Bums a lot


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