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On the Road

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It’s two hours before I start my trip. I’m scrambling to get things in order and have the first video entry ready for later today, but in the midst of pulling my pack together and juggling an array of video equipment, I received word that NPR ran a story about Into the Wild and On the Road with Jack Kerouac this morning.

According to NPR, today is the 50th anniversary of On the Road.

Strange, right?

So, in honor of Kerouac and McCandless, I’ll leave you with two short excerpts that are particularly noteworthy from both works.

On the Road

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace things, but burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes ‘AWWW!’”

Into the Wild

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”

… tune in later today for the first episode.

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