"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

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What Are the Lessons of On the Road?

The NY Times asks. I think it's amazing that so many people have been so influenced by Kerouac. I think his writing style is under-appreciated. I agree that Allen Ginsberg was the promotion engine that drove the Beat phenomenon. I think that Neal Cassady was over-rated. I think, well...read the comments.


SB said...

I don't know what the lessons of On the Road are, but I think the lessons of the scroll are, wait 50 years and then put more sex in. As if the Beats weren't all about sex, anyway.

Zen of Writing said...

That was part of their charm, innocent barbarians storming the repressed gates of the 50s, don't you know.