He gave us On the road and Big Sur, but Jack Kerouac’s technique for modern prose are really lessons on life. Er, number 3, “Try never get drunk outside yr own house” is brilliant. As a list, they’re a little less prosaic than other authors’ techniques and harder to decipher as a result. “Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea” is prose itself, while “Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind” is what we’re all trying to do, isn’t it? And here’s one for everyone, “You’re a Genius all the time”. If Jack says it, it must be true. Right?
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