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Jack Kerouac On The I Annihilation Of Self Promotion

HERE is an excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s letters:

I can just see the shabby literary man carrying a “bulging briefcase” rushing from one campus to another, one lecture club to another, nodding confirmation with his hosts that he is right, hurrying to the next town … a whole gray career of proving himself to others, to as many as can hear him, that he was right … till finally people say: “Here comes the self-prover again, O dear … bring out the papers and the canapes.”

This my friend is what I will become if I accept all lecture offers, TV appearances, radio interviews and start arranging with reviewers and critics who want information and my books through me, a great long lifetime in a briefcase proving my work and my work itself stopped dead at the level where I took to proving myself. So, I say, life is too sweet to waste on self propaganda, I quit self promotion, I enter my page.

Talent speaks for itself…

Spotter: Andrew Sullivan

Posted: 10th, October 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0