Originally Posted by Spitball
Thirty something years ago, I started reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac. My paperback disappeared, and I always blamed my friend John who was always picking it up when I put it down. Well, I was going through some boxes and found the worn and yellowed copy in an old box of college texts.
I am only on page 36 (this time), but it is a great read.
Btw, Kerouac was a friend of my college writing teacher at Salem State in Salem, Massachusetts.
On the Road is one of those books I love to sink into to hear the rhythm of the words. My last presentation as an undergraduate had to do with the influence of Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" on Kerouac.
Right now I'm reading "Insurrection" by Peter Rollins and "1861" by Adam Goodheart. Both take bold, controversial approaches to their subject matter. Rollins is teaching me that I don't think half as deeply as I believed and Goodheart is teaching me that, even as much as I have read, there are still many surprising things about the beginning of the Civil War that are new to me.