not being dead!!!
i have read very, very little beat writings. in fact i just finished On The Road last night, for the very first time. it's the only thing by kerouac i've ever read. and here is what i liked about it.
he's not dead! and dean's not dead! and none of them are dead, they're all alive, alive, blissfully, stingily, sweating alive! passions of splashin's and dreams and extremes and joyous, blurry revery!!! and life is chaos and doesn't have to make sense, we're all like charged atoms bashing against one another, causing sparks and flames and spontaneous combustions!
and THAT is what EVERYTHING is about, to me.
and that's also why i hate burroughs. blech! he's always been dead.