Recent Reads

I finally finished Jack Kerouac’s On the Road….

Really difficult for me. A true slog. I really didn’t identify with the characters. Seemed completely irresponsible to me. Got to admit that he did a great job of not judging others…. But I suspect that’s because he didn’t want anyone to judge him… for his own lifestyle choices…. Very disrespectful attitude towards women…. Total depravity… or relentless pursuit of the Pleasure Principle… if you prefer…. Regardless… almost total avoidance of all responsibility….

I’m not sure that is an accurate pursuit of the concept of Dharma… righteous living… as demonstrated in the Ancient Asian literature…. Seems to just be a way of justifying relentless pursuit of the Pleasure Principle…. A reluctant acceptance of the Reality Principle…. A practiced study of honing avoidance behavior…. Con-artisty….

But… Kerouac does write some interesting sentences…. Out of the blue…. And his descriptions are… avant guarde…. Used a lot of onomatopeia…. Rhythmic… or even musical expressions, especially when describing jazz…. Very broad vocabulary…. And words that are rarely, if ever encountered, would suddenly be thrown into a sentence that seemed simple… up until that time…. So… they caught me off guard….

Very much a work of stream of consciousness….

Also went back to reading Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-step Guide from Concept to Finished Script. Excellent book! The part I read was mostly about writing Scenes. But… Field discussed what makes a great lead character…. Apparently… a hero is someone who is willing to sacrifice himself and his happiness for others… and society… at the necessary time….

The opposite of Relentless Pursuit of the Pleasure Principle…. True Dharma… which means Righteous Action…. Doing the Right thing… for the Right reason….

Certainly not all films involve heroes…. Many times… at least lately… seems like the opposite is glorified in America….

Anyway…. Started reading Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?… which was the basis for the movie Blade Runner…. Blade Runner is considered by most authorities to be the greatest Science Fiction movie of all time…. Dick was VERY Liberal…. To the point of being a disestablishmentarian…. So… Androids is significantly different from the movie… which I have been watching repeatedly…. Studying….

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