„Ich mag dich, aber nicht deine idiotischen Freunde.“

—  Jack Kerouac, buch Unterwegs

On the Road

„What are you trying to do, Kerouac? I'd ask myself in my sleepingbag at night, trying to deny reality with all this Buddha stuff, ya jerk?... Poor detailed immaculate incarnate fool, and you call yourself Self ... Take off your coat and crash wits.“

—  Jack Kerouac

And I realized that all this Buddhism was a STRAIN at telling the untellable emptiness yet that nothing was truer, a perfect paradox.

Meditation in the Woods (1958)

„We should be wondering tonight, "Is there a world?"“

—  Jack Kerouac

But I could go and talk on 5, 10, 20 minutes about is there a world, because there is really no world, cause sometimes I'm walkin' on the ground and I see right through the ground. And there is no world. And you'll find out.
"Is There A Beat Generation?" forum at Hunter College, New York, New York (8 November 1958)

„The tree looks like a dog, barking at heaven.“

—  Jack Kerouac

Book of Haikus (2003)

„I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty.“

—  Jack Kerouac, buch Unterwegs

Part Five
On the Road (1957)
Kontext: So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty.

„I went one afternoon to the church of my childhood and had a vision of what I must have really meant with "Beat"… the vision of the word Beat as being to mean beatific…“

—  Jack Kerouac

"The Origins of the Beat Generation" in Playboy (June 1959)
Kontext: I went one afternoon to the church of my childhood and had a vision of what I must have really meant with "Beat"… the vision of the word Beat as being to mean beatific... People began to call themselves beatniks, beats, jazzniks, bopniks, bugniks and finally I was called the "avatar" of all this.

„He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful, that nothing was done quickly, without labor, that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings, revisings, moldings, addings, removings, graftings, tearings, correctings, smoothings, rebuildings, reconsiderings, nailings, tackings, chippings, hammerings, hoistings, connectings — all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor.“

—  Jack Kerouac, buch The Town and the City

The Town and the City (1950)
Kontext: He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful, that nothing was done quickly, without labor, that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings, revisings, moldings, addings, removings, graftings, tearings, correctings, smoothings, rebuildings, reconsiderings, nailings, tackings, chippings, hammerings, hoistings, connectings — all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor. They went on forever and were forever incomplete, far from perfect, refined, or smooth, full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure, yet, in the way of things, somehow noble, complete, and shining in the end. This he could sense even from the old house they lived in, with its solidly built walls and floors that held together like rock: some man, possibly an angry pessimistic man, had built the house long ago, but the house stood, and his anger and pessimism and irritable labourious sweats were forgotten; the house stood, and other men lived in it and were sheltered well in it.

Ähnliche Autoren

Kurt Vonnegut Foto
Kurt Vonnegut4
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Truman Capote Foto
Truman Capote74
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Henry Miller Foto
Henry Miller11
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Maler
Jerome David Salinger Foto
Jerome David Salinger6
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Ray Bradbury Foto
Ray Bradbury14
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Henry Louis Mencken Foto
Henry Louis Mencken33
US-amerikanischer Publizist und Schriftsteller
Hunter S. Thompson Foto
Hunter S. Thompson19
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Reporter
Charles Bukowski Foto
Charles Bukowski115
US-amerikanischer Dichter und Schriftsteller
Napoleon Hill Foto
Napoleon Hill13
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Isaac Bashevis Singer Foto
Isaac Bashevis Singer9
polnisch-US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturnobe…
Heutige Jubiläen
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Foto
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg116
deutscher Naturforscher und Schriftsteller 1742 - 1799
Phil Bosmans Foto
Phil Bosmans2
belgischer Ordensgeistlicher und Verfasser geistlicher Schr… 1922 - 2012
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Foto
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz12
deutscher Philosoph und Wissenschaftler 1646 - 1716
George Sand Foto
George Sand9
französische Schriftstellerin 1804 - 1876
Weitere 65 heutige Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Kurt Vonnegut Foto
Kurt Vonnegut4
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Truman Capote Foto
Truman Capote74
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Henry Miller Foto
Henry Miller11
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Maler
Jerome David Salinger Foto
Jerome David Salinger6
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Ray Bradbury Foto
Ray Bradbury14
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller