Kerouac_SpontaneousProse - 1"Essentials of Spontaneous...

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1 "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" (1959) 1 Jack Kerouac SET-UP The object is set before the mind, either in reality, as in sketching (before a landscape or teacup or old face) or is set in the memory wherein it becomes the sketching from memory of a definite image-object. PROCEDURE Time being of the essence in the purity of speech, sketching language is undisturbed flow from the mind of personal secret idea-words, blowing (as per jazz musician) on subject of image. METHOD No periods separating sentence-structures already arbitrarily riddled by false colons and timid usually needless commas but the vigorous space dash separating rhetorical breathing (as jazz musician drawing breath between outblown phrases) "measured pauses which are the essentials of our speech" "divisions of the sounds we hear" "time and how to note it down." (William Carlos Williams) SCOPING Not "selectivity" of expression but following free deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of English with no discipline other than rhythms of rhetorical exhalation and expostulated statement, like a fist coming down on a table with each complete utterance, bang! (the space dash) Blow as deep as you want write as deeply, fish as far down as you want, satisfy yourself first, then reader cannot fail
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course ENL ENL45 taught by Professor Dr.sethforrest during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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