Ever wondered why this blog is called burn?

I certainly have. Today I started reading a book I should have finished at least a decade ago. The kind of book that goes with guitars, long hair and a curious mix of late-teen wanderlust and adolescent weltschmertz. And this special book contained a quote that I really like, or at least the original typescript did:

[…] I shambled after as usual as I’ve been doing all my life after people that interest me, because the only people that interest me are the mad ones, the ones that never yearn or say a commonplace thing … but burn, burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Naive bordering tacky, yes – but there you have it.

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  1. Thanks for the quote.

    I’ve currently just started the book. Perhaps you have finished it now and have posted a review?

    I particularly appreciated that you quoted the original 120′ roll of the manuscript, containing the word ‘yearn': instead of ‘yawn,’ as the published version has it.

    James Taylor: “I’ve come home to stop yearning.”

    Joni Mitchell: “‘Grow up!’ I cried. And as the smoke was clearing, he said, ‘Give me one good reason why.”

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