June 13th, 2020

Quote of the day

“By the 'best minds' Ginsberg meant the dropouts, poets, musicians and world travellers, as opposed to doctors and lawyers. He understood that Wrong Planet people tend to pick up better communication skills, have greater visualisation, and can adapt to changing circumstances quicker than Rag, Tag & Bobtail.”
Karl Wiggins, Wrong Planet - Searching for your Tribe

Life rolls on

Your mind makes out the orange by seeing it, hearing it, touching it, smelling it, tasting it and thinking about it but without this mind, you call it, the orange would not be seen or heard or smelled or tasted or even mentally noticed, it's actually, that orange, depending on your mind to exist! Don't you see that? By itself it's a no-thing, it's really mental, it's seen only of your mind. In other words it's empty and awake.
Jack Kerouac

I had a crap night's sleep. 

I went to bed early (around 8.40 pm), thinking I'd get a good six hours of uninterrupted sleep and, instead, I was awake nearly all night and into the wee hours.

Before falling asleep, I'd spent a bit of time trying to find something to watch on Jack Kerouac ("Mr Kerouac"). Don't waste your time; if my initial investigation is anything to go by, there ain't much to see. 

Why Mr Kerouac (which wasn't the correct spelling of his surname and it looks like his family may have had Cornish roots — close enough to Devon for my liking)? I haven't got a bloody clue. Isn't that strange? A guy whose work I barely know pops into my head and I'm now writing about him. Even stranger is the fact that I knew I'd bought "On The Road" and "The Dharma Bums" to read but they'd languished somewhere amongst the hundreds of books that litter the floor and shelves of ye old office. 

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Leaving Patreon

Not that it's particularly relevant, but I've made the decision to close my account. I'll update my Livejournal page and stop directing everyone there. I feel relieved if I'm honest. It was one page too many.