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Kerouac overload

Jack Kerouac‘s “On The Road” has to be one of my books favorite books of all time, and in a strange way that book inspires me to travel. Strange because, and this will sound familiar for those who’ve read it, I absolutely have no ambition in wandering like Sal, Dean and all the disfunctional and deranged characters found in the book, but somehow that book, to me, has an appeal I can’t really explain.

But lately, due to its 50th anniversary, there has been a lot of writing going on Kerouac and its masterpiece. This is a small sample of what I’ve found lately, all of them have been posted in the last few days in my travel blogs I read regularly:

[update] Just added a few more links

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Different Joys of Reading Literature while Traveling

Gregory Hubbs writes about the joys of reading while traveling, showing some fine examples of books that complement the places, like daydreaming while reading the Flowers of Evil, written by the great 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire, after retracing his steps in Parisian hovels or the Louvre museum or taking a train through the small towns in Provence, France, and reading the letters of Van Gogh (I’m not even considering the “Da Vinci’s Code” Louvre visits).

That’s a really nice idea, but I prefer to do something a bit different, while traveling I’d rather read something completely unrelated to the place I’m at, I love the feeling of being on a small medieval italian town while reading a book about a crazy trip in the 50’s America (*cough*On The Road*cough*) or a spiritual journey in India.

I save the books that complement the places for the preparation of the travel, so I can move around Provence with my perspective of the letters of Van Gogh, instead of reading them on the spot.

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Thank ya all!!

You write a book, and how do you say “thank you” to the ones closer to you?

 For my wife, friends, and family,
thank you for the support and food.
         Mostly the food

That’s what I call sense of humor! Or maybe the guy is just insane…

From Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book.


On the Road…

A great book recommended in a different way…

…Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

[via vagablogging]

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Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence… Someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never…

“The Trial”, Franz Kafka


Driving away from people…

What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? —it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.

“On The Road”, Jack Kerouac


The one suffering you could avoid…

“You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is
something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but
perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid. ”

Franz Kafka


Logic may indeed be unshakeable

Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had never seen? Where was the High Court he had never reached? He raised his hands and spread out all his fingers.
But the hands of one of the men closed round his throat, just as the other drove the knife deep into his heart and turned it twice.

“The Trial” – Franz Kafka

There’s always a last breath just before the end…