Wednesday, October 01, 2008

On the Road

For AP English we have to read a book outside of school every quarter. I think this is a fantastic assignment. I love to read, but I've found that during the school year it's difficult to read as much as I'd like. During winter/spring/summer breaks I usually plow through books- not so during the school year.

Anyway, we had a list of books to choose from, and I chose Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I'm still only in the first part, but I love it. It's very inspiring and makes me want to have my own road trip. It glamorizes America in a gritty, realistic but fantastic way.

There is a beautiful quote in the first chapter:
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"

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