Finishing up Jack Kerouac’s novel: The Town and The City. Its the second time I have read it, and its an interesting read. The beginning of the book, he mentions the city I was born and raised in, the city I reside in now, and the river which is only two blocks away. When I read his books, I feel like I am sitting across the table from him, and having a mind bending conversation.
He was a great writer, who passed away at what I would call a young age (47 y/o).
“It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”
~ Honore de Balzac
Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.
“Time is never wasted if you remember to bring along something to read.”
– Thomas Pynchon (2012). “Against the Day”, p.211, Penguin
“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self- solitude is the enemy of well- being.” ~ John Updike, March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009
American Novelist Born: June 10, 1914 – Died: April 5, 2005
John Updike Novelist
Born: March 18, 1932 – Died: January 27, 2009
“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
Born: November 16, 1930
Nigerian poet, novelist, professor and critic
April 13, 1906 –
December 22, 1989
Quote Source: Quotes Wave
March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969
Novelist, Painter, Poet
Don’t use the phone.
People are never ready
to answer it. Use poetry.
Source of quote
April 30, 1973 –
Justice is expensive. That is why there is so little
of it, and it is reserved those few with enough
money and influence to afford it.
Source and note: Under Fire (1916)
Expect to feel pleasure. Knowledge is sexy.
Expect to feel pain. Knowledge is torture.
July 10, 1792 –
August 9, 1848
British Naval Officer, Novelist & Writer.
I would rather write for the instruction
or even the amusement of the poor than
for the amusement of the rich.