Monday, April 13, 2009

The number 23 applied to The Dharma Bums

My application of the number 23 to The Dharma Bums yielded the following:

A to to the want suddenly and hill a came.

A better cryptographer might discern something there. Perhaps you can. Let me know.

Undiscouraged, I began at the beginning of the book and circled every 23rd word. Check this out! I have put it in verse form with capitalization and punctation for effect.

Lay Barbara
To where?
Into end
By air

Next up: Big Sur. We're on a roll.


MaRob said...

"A to to the want suddenly and hill a came"

It's a simple message of desire and the obstacles created by them. A sudden want has created a hill before him, only making his climb to the void more difficult. If you remember his early fear to climb to the peak of the mountain, that could be applied here as well.

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

Why didn't I see that?! Now I'm really getting scared....