“I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.”
This is one of my favorite quotes on writing. That, way deep down at the center of each and every one of us, there is this unifying quality, a thread which connects all sentient. That’s exactly what Kerouac touched and for anyone who’s read Dharma Bums, On the Road or devoured his poetry, it’s obvious that he found that universal button. Unearthed it, brushed it off and served it up with a generous helping of mindful rebellion.