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On The Road – Again

Posted September 2, 2011 by jim young in Education

– jim young

By some definitions my nephew has reached middle age.

And he’s just graduated from Columbia University.

I have 2 problems with that.

  1. If my nephew is middle age then my kids must be middle age and how can my kids be middle age if I’M still middle-age?
  2. Who the fuck in their right mind is just completing their education when they are middle aged?

Of course, for the first statement to be true it is conditional on a sense of delusion on some level. And for the second statement to be true, it must be conditional on the acceptance that education (formal or otherwise) can be complete at any age.

To make this scenario even more surreal, my nephew studied bob dylan and his influence on culture or some fucking retarded subject as that. At Columbia University! WTF?

But I’m god-damned proud of him. (My nephew, more so than bob dylan.)

I don’t understand it.

But I’m still goddamned proud of him.

And I think the fact that I don’t understand it, has a lot to do with why I’m so goddamned proud of him.

Like Jack Keouac’s “On The Road”.

I don’t understand it.

Or at least, I don’t “get” it.

But I am reading it again out of respect for my nephew, who not only seems to “get” it – but “gets” it with a strong passion.

When I was the age my nephew was when he first read “On The Road”, I knew WHO Jack Kerouac was.

I heard OF his book “On The Road” even though I had never read it.

I knew ABOUT the Beat Generation and all the main players such as Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs.

But that was IT.

And even though my nephew and I have a lot in common when it comes to our artistic visions, I wonder now “Why can’t I “get” it, when I read ‘On The Road’?”

Perhaps it is nothing more complex than the fact that I am reading “On The Road” as an old man, while my nephew read “On The Road” as a young man.

Could that be true?

And if so, isn’t that sad?

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