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Jack Kerouac On The Radio

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Drive all night, stopping only for gas or bottomless black drip. Hear the cruck of a cream cup against a cracked saucer, a greasy spoon clinking on cold formica, the shhhhh of granulated sugar pouring out of a Domino packet like an overturned hourglass. The murmur of conversation two tables over from people you’ll never know talking about things you’ll never know. A soft pack of Camels poking out of the left breast pocket of your jean jacket, a triple-thick plaid underneath. A pair of 501’s cuffed above suede chukka boots under the table, probably rubbing against a pair of heels on the other side of the booth. (more…)