Kerouac, Jack (1922-1969) Typed Letter, with Manuscript Additions, [March 1940.]
Five sheets with 1 1/2 spaced-type covering all five pages. To George J. Apostolos, describing end-of-the year reading at Horace Mann (Hugo, Hemingway, Coward), Kerouac's rate of reading (in detail), movies recently seen, including Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, Gone with the Wind, North by Northwest, Of Mice and Men, philosophy, literature, plans to return to Lowell, and other topics, on marigold yellow paper, 8 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.
"If there is to be a war, we'll go into it together and laugh "at this thing they call dissolution." We'll laugh at puny man's puny mind----we'll laugh at the puny flies which are fighting with us---together, we'll scream with delight at the eccentricities of these flies. We'll tell the war mongers to go to hell, and we'll desert the war and flee to Singapore in a tramp steamer, and roam the sweaty streets, and drift to Alaska, where together, we'll watch the blazing sun set beyond the white-capped peaks. We'll defy all laws of conventionalism, and we'll look at the world through glasses fogged with anti-realistic ideas----blinded with our idealistic grandeur, our elusive souls."
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