11 July 2007

Kerouac's Knees - the 1951 Scroll

"My mother once said the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness. This is true all over the world in the jungles of Mexico, in the back streets of Shanghai, in New York cocktail bars, husbands are getting drunk while the women stay home with the babes of their ever darkening future. If these men stop the machine and come home and get on their knees and ask for forgiveness and the women bless them peace will suddenly descend on the earth with a great silence like the inherent silence of the apocalypse."

from "On the Road: The Original Scroll" by Jack Kerouac - the 'legendary' first draft written in 1951 - to be published by Viking NYC on August 16, 2007 - isbn 067006355X - only 56 years too late, but better than Mark Twain's daughter's 60 year suppression of "Letters from Earth" - see earlier blog here. 09/11/22 edit: Or Carl Jung and his family's 90+ year delay of the publication of his "Red Book"-see future blog here.

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