Today is Jack Kerouac’s birthday! He was born today in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is not far from my hometown. I’m a big fan of On the Road. It was one of my post-college used bookstore finds. I think I got it for a quarter, along with A Clockwork Orange and The Grapes of Wrath.
I found this quote on a magnet and had to buy it:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Those beaniks were pretty wild.
As a counterpoint to the madness of Jack Kerouac, I’m a guest on Ciara Knight’s blog today with some tips for getting myself motivated: http://www.ciaraknight.com/2012/03/12/guest-cindy-young-turner/.