Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums

I nudged myself closer to the ledge and closed my eyes and thought “Oh what a life this is, why do we have to be born in the first place, and only so we can have our poor gentle flesh laid out to such impossible horrors as huge mountains and rock and empty space.”

Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums, 1958

Oh, what a life this is, indeed. 

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