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On the first page of Dharma Bums,

12 Apr

the narrator mentions how “Charlie Parker’d been mad and relaxed back to normal health…” Further into this book we read, it should be brought up, or at least entertained if these characters’ habits and modes are “healthy”.  I argue they are, in the short-term.  Searching and searching…. Search is necessitated in finding purpose.  The wander is part of the equation.  But, there should be at least mild awareness of what you want, what kind of destination you hope to reach.  As characters with rich and curious souls, they are anything but “bums”.  They are travelers, students, seekers.  The order is in their search.  There’s the trust of the stranger, the enjoyment of the stranger, the kindness toward the stranger.  This is entirely healthy.  Not just in the civil attributes, but with the openness of soul.  The way Ray asks the thin old little bum to watch his pack while he hops off to fetch some wine, then later offering him some bread and cheese to pair with his sardines.  This is kindness.  This is healthy.

And, on the note of being “relaxed”, as readers we can only feel relaxed on this Buddhist-born journey and intention to intensify a sense of Personhood.  Kerouac urges us to be a ‘crazy dumbsaint of the mind’.  And, of those around us.  It’s health, to be around others.  And it’s even healthier to learn from them.  Kerouac even confesses himself in Big Sur that he went mad in just three weeks of being by himself.  He pained for his gang back home.  This book shows us healing, health, exploring, how to avoid the humdrum pattern of regularity.  But, we also see that we need a peak to shoot for.  These travels disclose a certain edginess, that can only be rewarding for us as the readers, and surveyors of his thoughts.

Grim Notes

28 Feb

By going to a “darker” place, for an author, much is made more visible.  And in this renewed sight there is self-education, and an instructional invite for readers…  The sharing of secrets, and pains, and burdening questions.  Like Kerouac in ‘Sur’, and with many of his poems.  Ms. Plath with poems like ‘Daddy’ and ‘Vertical’…