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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Be submissive to everything. Open listening - Jack Kerouac

I found these "List of Essentials for Modern Prose" by Jack Kerouac that are some real gems. They seem to apply to today's modern prose as well.

Scribbled secret notebooks and wild typewritten pages for your own joy

Try never get drunk outside your own house

Be in love with your life

Something that you feel will find its own form

Write what you want bottomless - from the bottom of the mind

No time for poetry but exactly what is

Remove literary, grammatical and syntaxical inhibitions

Accept loss forever

Believe in the holy contour of life

No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language and knowledge

In praise of character in the bleak inhuman loneliness

Composing wild undisciplined pure, coming in from under - the crazier the better

You're a genius all the time


  1. Michael, I loved these quotes! I'll write them down and keep them in my 'inspiration book', where I keep meaningful thoughts for whenever the writer's block strikes. Thanks for posting!

  2. Glad you liked them Claudia. Also great to hear from you!