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Friday, April 6, 2012

Jack Spoke Truth.

The best writers tell the truth.  Their own truth, mind you.  A private and personal truth that they either hope is universal enough to connect, or unique enough to intrigue.

Jack Kerouac has always, for me, been a personification of that kind of brutal honesty.  From his approach to writing (unedited, spontaneous, and free) to his subject matter (the open road, the condition of the heart, the quest for dharma and truth), Jack lived and wrote from a place that few of us are able to access.

There's too much static in the air, too many conditions on our spirit, too many rules to follow, too many skeletons in the closet that we feel we must keep locked away.  Jack saw none of that.  He lived and breathed a quest for ecstasy and honesty, and he only slowed when the conditions of his celebrity compromised his search.  He found as many answers in the bottle as he did the Buddha, and we lost him too soon and too sadly.

But, he left us with an embarrassment of riches.  Some more crystalline than others, to be sure.

Here are 31 thoughts from that vagabond bodhisattva, for all you writers and wanderers.  Follow this link:

Jack Kerouac's List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life | Brain Pickings

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