Allen Ginsberg on Vanity of Duluoz – 3. (How Jack Got Started On The Road)

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac’s Vanity of Duluoz continues from here

AG:. There’s a good small vision of all the boys in school on page ninety-six – Yeah, he just ran away from the football team – “Ok back at eight,” and the coach tells him be back at eight:

“And I went out and took the subway down to Brooklyn with all my gear, whipped out a few dollars from my suitcase, said goodbye to Uncle Nick saying I was going back to Baker Field, walked down the hot September streets of Brooklyn hearing Franklyn Delano Roosevelt’s speech about “I hate war” coming out of every barbershop in Brooklyn, took the subway to the Eighth Avenue Greyhound bus station and bought a ticket to the South. I wanted to see the Southland and start my career as an American careener” – (So that was how he got started on the road) – “That was the most important decision of my life so far. What I was doing was telling everybody to jump in the big fat ocean of their own folly. I was also telling myself to go jump in the big fat ocean of my own folly. What a bath!   It was delightful, I was washed clean..”

Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately twenty two minutes in and concluding approximately twenty-three-and-a-half minutes in   

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