Sunday, February 26, 2012


To be released later this year 

- Cati

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Such Great Detail

In Chapter 4 of On The Road, Dean says to Sal: 

"Oh! This is too great to be true. Gurls, gurls. And particularly right now in my stage and condition, Sal, I am digging the interiors of these homes as we pass them — these gone doorways and you look inside and see beds of straw and little brown kids sleeping and stirring to wake, their thoughts congealing from the empty mind of sleep, their selves rising, and the mothers cooking up breakfast in iron pots, and dig them shutters they have for windows and the old men, the old men are so cool and grand not bothered by anything. There’s no suspicion here, nothing like that. Everybody’s cool, everybody looks at you with such straight brown eyes and they don’t say anything, just look, and in that look all the human qualities are soft and subdued and still there. Dig all the foolish stories you read about Mexico and the sleeping gringo and all that crap — and crap about greasers and so on — and all it is, people here are straight and kind and don’t put down any bull. I’m so amazed by this."

All of that was just from passing through houses on the road. This is an example of how detailed Kerouac's writing is. 

-Ali Mondini

On The Road

Kerouac wrote On the Road in a way that made his words flow. It was intriguing yet inconsistent at times. His writing was very to the point, yet with a poetic sense to it. Kerouac uses great imagery. The scenes of all the places he visits around the country are described in great detail. It is as if we could close our eyes and jump into the same exact scene his characters are in. 
The characters are sincerely fascinated with almost everything; little things, big things, meaningful things, meaningless things... The character that is most fascinated by anything is definitely Dean. 
I loved the idea of a young writer who is desperate to get started. He is desperate to have new and adventurous experiences to get him to become a better  writer. When Sal decides to hit the road, he described his attempt as something that can't get started. Reading that made me think that that is how an unexperienced writer probably feels like when he wants to write a book. In the beginning of the book, Sal is deceived a frustrated writer and person.

-Ali Mondini