Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 38 Kerouaction: On Courting

Day 38 in The Beat Handbook: 100 Days of Kerouactions references the below passage from On The Road.

Here's the actual entry from my book:

Day 38
Today’s Kerouaction: On Courting

Whereas the beat generation – and especially the hippie generation it spawned – has a reputation for meaningless, casual sex, it would seem that the "king of the beats" advises that there is more to it than that. Granted, we might be talking about an uncommitted, "one-night stand," but even within that context we ought to attempt a soul-to-soul connection in addition to the physical. This may explain the pick-up line which is the subject of Day 37. Depending on the situation, of course, this line may be seen as merely a pick-up line, even if delivered with sincerity. Timing is important as well as delivery. Find your own way to get into “real straight talk about souls” when you are “courting” – either short-term or long-term. It will reap beat dividends, because you are after "IT" (see Day 85).

Suggested Kerouactivity:
Write a beat love poem here. You never know when it might come in handy!

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Ok, I take back my judgments from yesterday based on his pick up line. This is a beautiful passage. Who doesn’t long for “real straight talk about souls?”