When I first got into serious reading I would have told you 'No.' I first read 'On The Road' in 12th grade and I felt insulted. I felt I was way too smart for it. Kerouac was talking about pretending to read Nietzsche, and I really was.
The thing is you're never really as smart as you think you are. Fives years later I gave On The Roam a read again and found it exciting and inspiring and only as immature as I was. In retrospect, my 'reading' of Nietzsche was closer to pretending anyway, even if it was just a show for myself.
i think the beats don't get enough study as they should. there's a lot of stuff to talk about from the ethics of drug usage, to slang and colloquialisms, to the western appropriation of eastern philosophies
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