I’ve been trying to do a lot of reading lately (trying and succeeding mostly). I’ve had my face buried in Kerouac’s On The Road: The Original Scroll for a little over a week and the only material that’s distracted me has been Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (which also has a good movie based off of it) and the new TMNT comics by IDW.
I’ve been working through some personal issues lately and, like some others I know, I’m having a hard time with life. On The Road has helped me push through these issues with a high heart. I know it sounds unlikely that a partially autobiographical book written during the 50s relates to the hardships one would go through during the Facebook Generation but it has. Seeing Kerouac make his way through dilemma after dilemma (small or large), across the United States, and into the hearts of millions is inspiring and encouraging. There’s been numerous occasions during my reading where I’ve played with the idea of leaving the stress of everyday normality behind for a life on the road.
Traveling, meeting people, seeing the beauty our nation has to offer, and writing about it? What more could a young man want?
I’ve been very inspired in terms of writing as well, even as far as to want an old school typewriter to add some old school soul to my writing (or just cause I’m a nerd about old school stuff).
But seeing someone travel, work, write, and love life doing it is an admirable thing. I hope one day I can follow in the footsteps of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and crew.
(P.S. Nate Wolf - As I was reading today I came across the mentioning of McAllen, TX. I’ve only heard of McAllen from the Demise guys, but it mostly involved you and the WTG homies. I thought it was cool that the city was mentioned in a popular novel by Jack Kerouac, but as I said I’m a nerd for these things.)