Thursday, January 23, 2014

"One deathless line"

Last night I read in Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters Volume 1: 1940-1956, edited by Ann Charters, that he told his friend Sebastian Sampas of a goal to write "at least one deathless line."

I think he achieved that goal (multiple times, actually). If you agree, what would be the example you'd give to make your case?


Anonymous said...

Well, I suppose we JK fans are probably jaded when it comes to this line, but new generations of kids are tattooing it on their skin, so I guess it is deathless: "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…" Richard Marsh

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

Old generations of kids are inking that on their skin as well. :)