My Typed Notes for the Last 2 Sessions…..

28 Aug

8/25/14– session — “Piled” [thoughts, emotions, beliefs, urges…]

quote:  “Either move or be moved.” -Ezra Pound

word:  ethos: the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc…

LIFE, there’s nothing in the still, and I should connect the discouragement from summarizing to lifelessness, “You’re not talking,” I’l say, “the author is.  In this class.. the power’s with the reader!”

you can sense not just the shedding of convention in his writing but just as well the urgency– he needs to get this done, this manuscript and others– death is on his mind

the writer thinks

the writer suffers

the writer lives

the writer writes, and writes until all’s lit, Lit–

 Not that there’s no concern, just an adjusted concern…

Plains, something new.. this is the newness that not only writers seek but we as Human being HUNTED; need, hunger for.. die without (passion and/or cause, a cause) 

This MS demands an intimate read as the writing is intimate, confessional in nature and sequence.

We consider Kerouac differently than other novelists, as a Beat, walking and/or writing to his own Beat.. [quote, pg 9, “My aunt was all in accord…”] She wanted him to come back in one piece, but what if he doesn’t, I think as the reader.. more on that later…

There’s a sense of being lost but for a purpose, to escape and to be free, away from confines of common modalities, clock-punching and such… [pg 16: “We got bored.  I decided to spend a buck on beer…”]

-pg 41..”We’re trying to communicate with absolute honesty and absolute completeness everything on our minds.” I see this as being one of Kerouac theses in this novel.. he as a writer and his character, Sal, aim for some sort of sense of togetherness.  Many readers can only relate to that.. we aim for Equilibrium, a Collective Equilibrium that defines us and binds all that we are, to our ideas and convictions as well.  This can not be assigned by an outside body, and much any outside body would like to.  We determine WE…

Dean:  Lost?  Found?  Reckless?  Mentor?  Or destructive character?  Where will he lead Sal (do you think)?

HW:  Read to/through page 59.. note in journal…

 

8/27/14 — “Pulchritudinous”

def:  ‘physically beautiful’

Look for beauty in this manuscript, in the writing, in your intimate read of Kerouac’s text.. where is the actual beauty, where is the intended beauty?

Characters and what they say to each other, their “relationships”

-beauty in people, places, things…

harken:  another word for listen (49)

characterization of Dean and Carlo:  changing?  Staying the same?

What are YOU, the reader, relating to?

-metaphoric mentioning, ‘the machine’ (49)

“very amazing maniacs..” How true!

-”What gloom, what gloom…absolutely great.” (52)

“I was itching to get to SF..” (56)

“Everything seemed to be collapsing.” (56)

What are we seeing in Sal’s character?  Do we see an evolution or a devolution?  And the company he keeps, what does that do to him?  Also, what I’m curious about, your thoughts that it, is the relationship between Dean & Carlo.  Yes, you could say they’re opposites, but I offer they’re more than that.  WHAT?.. would you say…

Another prompt, possibly for a paper in the future:  How is my interpretation of ‘The Road’ and being high on ‘The Road’ holding up?  What is this book about?  What’s the point?  Why read it at all?  Where are its universal points and promises and visions and therapies? 

For me as a reader, Kerouac is yes as I said providing confessional accounts of his years of travel but as well offering appreciation, a novelization of the moments that we often disregard.. they have meaning!  He’d say, I’m sure.  They add to our collective character.  That, very much, is beauty, a piling of beauty and of ideas and of thoughts that separate and free us from any body that wishes to hold and capture us.  Who wouldn’t want to be ‘on The Road’?

HW:  60-155

mandatory blog activity.. I will be posting prompts over the next week, probably around three.. please log any observations, thoughts or reactions to characters, places, symbols, the notion of travel, anything we’ve discussed or that you’ve noticed!  Please use your journals!  They act as the tablet within which you log all your these findings..

Enjoy your day off on Monday, of course, but please keep with your reading.  We’re already approaching the halfway marker in this book and need to maintain our collective and individualized paces.

One Response to “My Typed Notes for the Last 2 Sessions…..”

  1. Emily Law August 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    I was reflecting on the conversation we had in class yesterday, specifically our discussion on the portrayal and treatment of the women in and around Jack’s life.They are all so disposable to him, and I don’t know if that’s due to the era they lived in or Jack’s insatiable, preoccupied focus on finding meaning on his journey (and through Dean). It also occurred to me that the women themselves may not have offered anything; having lived in a time when nothing was expected from them, they may have become accustomed to this notion and stopped trying or never even tried in the first place. I think Rita’s reaction to Jack’s question “What do you want out of life?” was a result of her not expecting to be asked such a question (especially after having given into sex with Jack) as well as her lack of consideration of such a question before.

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