Monday, September 22, 2014

Motivation Monday: Jack Kerouac (In Honor of Banned Books Week)

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars..."

This weeks installment of Motivation Monday is a salute to Banned Books Week. This is the week that we honor those books that have made reading infinitely cooler by pissing off just about every uptight librarian, conservative English teacher and Fundamentalist Christian for as long as there have been words that offend.

So many books have been banned, it's so hard to pick a favorite. The dictionary itself was banned at one time. I guess if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be required reading for all things cool, Kerouac's "On The Road". The first time I read it, I was unprepared. The first time I heard it read aloud, I was still unprepared. It is a work that is endless as a Texas highway, as vast as a night's sky in Colorado, and apparently, as naughty as a sailor on shore leave, according the morals of 1950's America.

This was banned because of implied misogyny, "coarse" language and encouraging immoral behavoir. "Immoral" as in discovering your world and in doing so, discovering yourself? The nerve of some people, right?

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