For me it has always been Jack Kerouac. My introduction to his writing was of course On The Road but I think of all his novels “Big Sur” speaks to me the most. Perhaps because I read it at a time when I had just moved to San Francisco, and spent time in Big Sur, but I felt as if many of the things he wrote were thoughts currently living in my brain. The stream-of-consciousness style of writing takes on a sense of urgency, even more so than On The Road, with thoughts literally pouring out of his mind straight onto the paper.
“The sea seems to yell to me ‘go to your desire don’t hang around here.'”
“It’s as familiar as an old face in an old photograph as tho I’m gone a million years from all that sun shaded brush on rocks and that heartless blue of the sea washing white on yellow sand, those rills of yellow arroyo running down mighty cliff shoulders, those distant blue meadows, that whole ponderous groaning upheaval so strange to see after the last several days of just looking at little faces and mouths of people.”
“I wrote the sounds of the sea, and I’ll tell you about it – it was the most happy three weeks of my life.”
“This is the kind of place where a person should really be alone, you know? When you bring a big gang here it somehow desecrates it not that I’m referring to us or anybody in particular? There’s such a sad sweetness to those trees as tho yells shouldn’t insult them or conversation only.”
“The more Ups and Downs the more Joy I feel – the greater the fear, the greater the happiness I feel…”
What author speaks to you the most?
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