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Kerouac listening to the radio


Kerouac listening to the radio
It's the birthday of Jean-Louise Kerouac -- Jack Kerouac. 55 years ago he sat down in a kitchen and wrote "a magnificent single paragraph" which later became the book On the Road.

I wonder if I had been born in a different time and place would I have been friends with Jack Kerouac? I imagine us listening to the radio and telling stories until the sun goes down and then rises in the east. He'd tell of his travels and people he met from all over America. I'd tell stories about the people who populate small Upper Midwestern farm towns. And he'd say, "I've been to Chicago. That's Upper Midwest. Great place." And I'd say, "Yeah, Jack. Chicago's a blast but you got to visit the Dakotas. Spend some time on the prairie, man."

So, I'm dreaming as I listen to Celtic Winds on the radio. It's one of those melancholy Sunday afternoons where the sky is so big thoughts float by like clouds.

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  1. Blogger Patry Francis | 10:40 PM, March 15, 2006 |  

    I wonder if he would have had a blog...

  2. Blogger zhoen | 3:02 PM, March 16, 2006 |  

    Jack would definitely have been a blogger.

  3. Blogger Jon Hopwood | 6:20 PM, January 06, 2009 |  

    I hope you like booze. Kerouac was a lush.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1351746/epilogue_1970.html?cat=44

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