November 20, 2018

"Only good thing is I started to paint — I use house paint mixed with glue. I use brush and fingertip both..."

"... in a few years I can be topflight painter if I want — maybe then I can sell paintings and buy a piano and compose music too — for life is a bore."

Wrote Jack Kerouac (to Allen Ginsberg in 1956), quoted in "All of Life Is Creation: Jack Kerouac’s Art."


Laslo Spatula said...

I did a Google search to look at some of the paintings; what I found amusing is that one of the exhibitions was at a museum called MAGA.

An Italian Museum exhibiting Kerouac paintings to Make America Great Again.

I am reasonably sure that connection would make Allen Ginsberg howl.

I am Laslo.

Ann Althouse said...


It's terrible when anagrams collide.

We all remember the tragedy of Ayds Reducing Plan Candy.

I've had a lifelong struggle with the initials AA.

Ann Althouse said...

"Ayds (pronounced as "aids") Reducing Plan Candy was an appetite-suppressant candy which enjoyed strong sales in the 1970s and early 1980s and was originally manufactured by The Campana Company.... By the mid-1980s, public awareness of the disease AIDS caused problems for the brand due to the phonetic similarity of names and the fact that the disease caused immense weight loss in patients. While initially sales were not affected, by 1988 the chair of Dep Corporation announced that the company was seeking a new name because sales had dropped as much as 50% due to publicity about the disease. While the product's name was changed to Diet Ayds (Aydslim in Britain), it was eventually withdrawn from the market."

Ignorance is Bliss said...

— for life is a bore.

That's why God invented single-use silicone eggs...

Ignorance is Bliss said...

That's why God invented single-use silicone eggs...

Where do you think he came up with the idea of the beat generation?

Amexpat said...

That's why God invented single-use silicone eggs...,

Did the good Lord leave recycling instructions? Do they go in the organic or plastic bin? Just asking.

tim in vermont said...

Silicone eggs and instantly available videos of drunk girls in a handsey make out session will usher in the reign of Islam, if they can, if you will pardon the expression, stick to their guns. A man needs a woman like a bicycle needs a fish.

We need an EMP.

tim in vermont said...

My rule is don't date a woman under 55.

tim in vermont said...

On topic, though. I didn't start playing piano seriously until I retired, I never believed anyone would want to hear me play. But recently I have gotten compliments from strangers when playing a public piano and have been asked to play by friends, unprompted. So Jack is right, people who have a lot of free time because they aren't forced to work can get pretty good. When I was his age though, I was supporting a family and being father to my kids.

So privilege.

hiawatha biscayne said...

Truman Capote had Kerouac dialed in.

anti-de Sitter space said...

Easy to get to from here:

Wince said...
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Wince said...

"... in a few years I can be topflight painter if I want — maybe then I can sell paintings and buy a piano and compose music too..."

Monty Python: "How To Do It"

Alan: Here's Jackie to tell you all how to rid the world of all known diseases...

Jackie: Well, first of all become a doctor and discover a marvelous cure for something, and then, when the medical profession really starts to take notice of you, you can jolly well tell them what to do and make sure they get everything right so there'll never be any diseases ever again.

Alan: Thanks, Jackie. Great idea.... How to play the flute. (picking up a flute)

Well here we are. You blow there and you move your fingers up and down here.

Noel: Great, great, Alan... So, until next week, cheerio.

Unknown said...

My rule is not to date anyone under the age of 18.

So far, so good.


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