Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kerouac the Pilgrim

I wrote my undergrad dissertation (oh so many years ago)on Jack Kerouac, but haven't revisited his works in all those years. While writing an article, I just skimmed through some of the underlined portions of select Keruoac novels. I have always found this section from The Dharma Bums amazing. It lacks Kerouac's typical rollicking, flavorful style but the content/context are amazing. These comments from the novel's protagonist resonate with Kerouac's own movement from Buddhism back to Catholicism:
"But the night would come and with it the mountain moon and the lake would be moonlaned and I'd go out and sit in the grass and meditate facing west, wishing there were a personal God in all this impersonal matter."