“Kerouac seems to thrive on such an ambivalence, he accepts it, forgives it for its treachery, as it has been perhaps the most constant and dominant force in his life up until that point.”
Barack Obama on the importance of democracy.
“Kerouac also told Allan Ginsberg about the time when he was being bathed by his mother when he was 12 – that fact in itself gives credence to Johnson’s argument. Kerouac recounts to Ginsberg how he got an erection and how Gabrielle became so outraged and furious that the incident embellished itself on Kerouac’s mind as a recurring dream Kerouac would have throughout his life.”
I feel Kerouac believed the goal of a free life was something that he could actually achieve; at least he did in his younger days: “I could hear a new call and see a new horizon, and believe it at my young age…” (Kerouac, 1955: 14)