I returned to college in the Fall, but my mind wasn’t at rest. My family was not any too well fixed; I felt out of place, the coaches were insulting, I was lonely; I left and went down to the South to think things over. Since then, on my own, I have been learning fast, writing a lot, reading good men, and have been slowly making up my mind, seriously & quietly. Either I am loathsome to others, I have decided, or else I shall be a beacon of rich warm light, spreading good and plenty, making things prosper, being a cosmic architect, conquering the world and being respected, myself grinning surreptitiously. Either that, Sirs, or I shall be the most loathsome, useless, and parasitical (on myself) creature in the world. I shall be a denizen of the Underground, or a successful man of the world. There shall be no compromise!!! I mean it.Y a continuación, un vídeo en el que aparece en el Show de Steve Allen, 1959, donde, tras contestar a una serie de preguntas, él mismo lee un extracto de su libro.
Hoy Jack Kerouac habría cumplido 90 años. Aquí un pequeño homenaje
Para celebrarlo, dejo un extracto de su diario, escrito a los 19 años.