“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.”
— Jack Kerouac, On The Road (via wilde4words)
“The beatest characters in the country swarmed on the sidewalks—-all of it under those soft southern California stars that are lost in the brown halo of the huge desert encampment L.A. really is.”
— On the Road, Jack Kerouac
“There’s nowhere to go but everywhere”
— Jack Kerouac, On the Road

From the text, if you’re too lazy to click the link above…

The kind of passage that makes you need to put the book down. I wondered why no one had shared this little gem with me. That’s why I’m sharing it with you. It’s the section where Henry Miller is sitting in the theatre, bored… waiting for the curtains to come up… and in that moment he realizes… that this is what we have become… a generation of people waiting for the curtains to come up… and he gets out of his seat… while the lights are still on, and he leaves the theatre… and he rushes back home… and he sits down… and puts his fingers on his typewriter and he starts writing… his first novel.

The truth he speaks.

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APRIL 10, 1925:  The Great Gatsby is Published

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published 87 years ago today.

It’s a lyrical portrait of American values in the 1920s, the personal and moral corruption of a culture based on the social and moral prerogatives of wealth. The novel depicts the “Roaring Twenties” as an era of greed, cynicism, and the mindless quest for pleasure.

Navigate through 200 years of the American Novel with American Masters’ “The American Novel” interactive timeline.

Watch actress Carey Mulligan talk with Tavis Smiley about her character Daisy in the upcoming 3-D Great Gatsby film, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

I will definitely be lining up for this one when it’s released. One of my favorite books growing up. Hell, this was even the cover for the one that we had to read.

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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

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Oscar Wilde

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