Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

From On the Road

From <i>On the Road</i>

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Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“They rushed down the street together, digging everything in the early way they had, which later became so much sadder and perceptive and blank. But then they danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because 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 thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ What did they call such young people in Goethe’s Germany?”

After I gave this book to my girlfriend to read, she pointed out this passage to me, saying it was beautiful, and I was quickly reminded that Kerouac was the reason why I started taking writing seriously.