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The Unphotographable: Jack Kerouac’s Soaring Diary Entry About Self-Understanding and the Elemental Vastness of the Windblown World
The Unphotographable: Jack Kerouac’s Soaring Diary Entry About Self-Understanding and the Elemental Vastness of the Windblown World

Sometimes, a painting in words is worth a thousand pictures. I think about this more and more, in our compulsively visual culture, which increasingly reduces what we think and feel and see — who and what we are — to what can be photographed. I think of Susan Sontag, who called it “aesthetic consumerism” half a century before Instagram. In a small act of resistance, I offer The Unphotographable — Saturdays, a lovely image in words drawn from centuries of literature: passages transcendent and transportive, depicting landscapes and experiences radiant with beauty and feeling beyond what a visual image could convey.

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Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life
Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life

“I felt his pain deeply, and his beauty, and his knowledge.”

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Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius
Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

“Genius gives birth, talent delivers.”

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Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”
Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

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From Jack Kerouac to Ayn Rand: Iconic Writers on Symbolism, 1963
From Jack Kerouac to Ayn Rand: Iconic Writers on Symbolism, 1963

A Rorschach Test with a spine, or what the art of fluid writing has to do with salt.

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July 3, 1947: The Young Jack Kerouac Coins “Beat” While Grieving His Father
July 3, 1947: The Young Jack Kerouac Coins “Beat” While Grieving His Father

“My conscience of life and eternity is not a mistake, or a loneliness, or a foolishness — but a warm dear love of our poor predicament.”

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Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate
Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”

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The Last Hotel: Patti Smith Sets Jack Kerouac to Song
The Last Hotel: Patti Smith Sets Jack Kerouac to Song

Two great talents at the intersection of reality and dream.

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Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Writing and Life
Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Writing and Life

“No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge.”

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Writing Without Words: Visualizing Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”
Writing Without Words: Visualizing Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”

Literature as a canvas, a book as a living organism, and rhythm as a texture.

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