"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"If Moderation is a Fault, Indifference is a Felony"

Kerouac the romantic, at Alternet. He might have been too cool to care about what the establishment thought, but he wasn't too cool to care.


SB said...

Kerouac was really a suffering Catholic boy. I wonder if that conflict between his Catholic beliefs and the Beat wildness contributed to his drinking?

Zen of Writing - Ann said...

He seems to have been even more Catholic than Buddhist, although he had a deep interest in Buddhism. As for the suffering, and fighting himself -- religious belief vs. desire for freedom -- interestingly, that's an old story.