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Jack Kerouac
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Postby trentm32 » 9/5/2002, 7:42 pm

Hey guys, I have to do a term paper on an author. I've narrowed it down to either Kerouac of Kurzweil. What do you guys think?
"When looking up there, I just felt whole, like I belonged. Like one day I too would shine my most brilliant. Sitting there also made me think about sitting through services at my little country church back home. About that never-changing congregation of the same sixty-seven people and everyone has known you since before you were born. Now, out here in the real world, everything just seemed more vivid than when I used to sit in that little pew. That pew that was now so, so far away from where I was. I feared I had somehow left God behind there, too. I feared he was somehow just sitting there, saving my seat on the fifth pew from the front row, just waiting on me to come back. I left so quickly, I worried that he may not have noticed I was gone. And, now, I’m just too far away to find. So he’s just sitting there, patiently waiting on me to come back. I closed my eyes and prayed a moment. I hoped more than anything that he could still hear me." -an excerpt from my novella, A Sea of Fallen Leaves.

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Postby Sufjan Stevens » 9/5/2002, 7:46 pm

Kurzweil. He would be a cake topic, because he has so much shit that he's done in his life, you can pick one thing and fly with it. Anyways, OLP named a cd after his work. Not just stuttered his name in a song.
I faced death. I went in with my arms swinging. But I heard my own breath and had to face that I'm still living. I'm still flesh. I hold on to awful feelings. I'm not dead... My chest still draws breath. I hold it. I'm buoyant. There's no end.
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Postby nelison » 9/5/2002, 7:48 pm

I think I'd go with Kurzweil... much more to talk about plus much more information on the man and his work... Kerouac is a great author but I think he'd be very tough to write about...

Besides it's not like both authors are really well known anyways so I'm sure whoever you are presenting this to (teacher, peers whoever) will still get something out of it, and it would probably lead to a good mark
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Postby bort8 » 9/5/2002, 7:51 pm

kerouac is really famous...on the road is one of the most well-known books of modern literature
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Postby Sufjan Stevens » 9/5/2002, 7:53 pm

Not to sound like I am being a dick or anything, but name 2 other things Kerouac wrote....
I faced death. I went in with my arms swinging. But I heard my own breath and had to face that I'm still living. I'm still flesh. I hold on to awful feelings. I'm not dead... My chest still draws breath. I hold it. I'm buoyant. There's no end.
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Postby ArlieKoz13 » 9/5/2002, 7:55 pm

He's a one hit wonder...
Don't say we're healing when it's just not what we do...
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Postby nelison » 9/5/2002, 7:57 pm

ya Kerouac isn't big at all really... of his era he may have been a great writer but I doubt most people would know who he was if you asked them... On the Road is a great book but I don't think it gave Kerouac the type of popularity that say Catcher gave Salinger
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Postby bort8 » 9/5/2002, 7:59 pm

i can think of one...its called subterraneans...but that doesnt make him or on the road any less famous though. name 2 books harper lee wrote...u cant cause theres only one...to kill a mockingbird
"Sh*t, id be f*ckin' scared if us were opening for...us"
-Dave Grohl on why the Red Hot Chili Peppers only let the Foos play a 45 minute set when they toured together

"baby, i wish you were my baby,
ill make u make a baby,
let's make electric power,
in fear u should not cower,
cuz girl i will protect u,
i promise not to sex u,
and IiiiiIiiiiIiiiiiiIiiiiiIiiiiii...." - Dudez a Plenti

"all by myself
cause I don’t want to drag you down, hold you down
cause you’re a friend
i blame myself
i guess you think it’s funny now, funny now
it's such a shame..."
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Postby fluttergirl » 9/5/2002, 8:00 pm

J-Neli wrote:ya Kerouac isn't big at all really... of his era he may have been a great writer but I doubt most people would know who he was if you asked them...


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Postby nelison » 9/5/2002, 8:02 pm

:D age means nothing though so don't you worry, even though I think Kerouac is even a few decades before your time as well...
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Postby fluttergirl » 9/5/2002, 8:05 pm

yes, but I can't recall any of my friends ever being ignorant of any of Kerouac's works. :|
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Postby bort8 » 9/5/2002, 8:07 pm

maybe hes not very well known among teens, thats very possible...growing up people usually only know whats really big at the time or what they are forced to read in school. but that doesnt take anything away from his notoriety. he is considered by many to be one of the top modern american authors ever...and thats almost purely from on the road
"Sh*t, id be f*ckin' scared if us were opening for...us"
-Dave Grohl on why the Red Hot Chili Peppers only let the Foos play a 45 minute set when they toured together

"baby, i wish you were my baby,
ill make u make a baby,
let's make electric power,
in fear u should not cower,
cuz girl i will protect u,
i promise not to sex u,
and IiiiiIiiiiIiiiiiiIiiiiiIiiiiii...." - Dudez a Plenti

"all by myself
cause I don’t want to drag you down, hold you down
cause you’re a friend
i blame myself
i guess you think it’s funny now, funny now
it's such a shame..."
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Postby Joey » 9/5/2002, 11:21 pm

I picked Kerouac .. I just think he'd be more interesting, but that's just my opinion :nod:
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