I remember reading my first Keroauc sentence in the late winter or early spring of 1997. His epiphanic, chain linked word combinations absolutely blissed me out and I immediately began emulating his style. His run ons and big thought dreams seemed to infuse every moment of my life……. in every minute of my perception, I had Keroauc’s happy goofball darkness at the back of my brain……… I loved it. His novels and poems had changed me………
“Who knows, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion actually, the veritable holy honey, beneath all this show of personality and cruelty”
“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life but that great consciousness of life”
.… Today, I recognize his influence in my writing like I recognize my father’s sense of humor and perception within my psyche……….
And as I take every opportunity to please and exalt my dad, so do I take every opportunity to wheeze, squee and geek out over the biggest influence in my writing since my teenage fingers graced the keyboard……………………..
Today I’m wheezing over “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur”, A documentary constructed by Jay Farrar (Son Volt) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie). “One Fast Move” stomps through the lives, locations and panorama’s that helped populate Kerouac’s ‘gritty’ 1962 novel, “Big Sur”…..
Farrar and Gibbard, both widely influenced by Kerouac, also collaborated with others to record a soundtrack which you can preview at NPR
Check out the trailer…………..