Wednesday, January 21, 2009

hot jazz/real gone girls/wine drunkenness over the rooftops

yeah, i'm reading kerouac again.  if you can't tell already.  prepping for on the road next monday -- bought two dvds about the "beat generation," bought some charlie parker, totally feeling his spacey drunken bloodlust or whatever he's got going.  guess my art panic just ran headlong into a 50s bohemian youth monster.  so i'll be wearing all black and drinking jug wine for a while prolly.  getting whacked out on goofballs with teaheads or whatever those crazy mid-century kids were up to.  anyway, still gots some work before bed.  before i go, though, here's some writing advice courtesy of mr. kerouac.  just for kicks.

30 Essentials to Spontaneous Prose

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for your own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside your own house
4. Be in love with your life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yrself
18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
19. Accept loss forever
20. Believe in the holy contour of life
21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
22. Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better
23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
29. You're a Genius all the time
30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

oh screwball writers, thanks for writing.  

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