Kerouac’s writing reinforces the idea that you should develop your own style instead of trying to imitate your literary idols. Because when Kerouac does write like Kerouac and not a pastiche of Proust, Joyce or Nietzsche his writing rocks along and is enjoyable.
A beautiful meditation by Josh Guilar on Jack Kerouac. It resonates with me as I am trying to work on and shape up the life of Buddha and some sutras in Bengali language inspired by his beautiful work, “Wake Up”.
Kerouac is pithy, and Kerouac is beautiful, sublime. I started realising Twain’s advice “Write what you know” when I worked through Kerouac’s book and fashioned my own work after his narratives not so much style. Kerouac is direct, but at place Kerouac, at least in “Wake Up” is also difficult to understand. The words get a life of their own in the way Kerouac penned them.