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Big Sur

Big Sur

by Jack Kerouac

Literature and Writing Quotes

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Quote #10

Nobody in the world even ever dares to write the true story of love, it's awful, we're stuck with a 50% incomplete literature and drama -- Lying mouth to mouth, kiss to kiss in the pillow dark, loin to loin in unbelievable surrendering sweetness so distant from all our mental fearful abstractions it makes you wonder why men have termed God antisexual somehow -- The secret underground truth of mad desire hiding under fenders under buried junkyards throughout the world, never mentioned in newspapers, written about haltingly and like corn by authors and painted tongue in cheek by artists, agh (26.6)

Writing can touch neither the pain of Jack's delirium nor the heights of pleasure. Both extremes of are off limits to the written word.

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