The Mad Ones

“I shambled after as usual as I’ve been doing all my life after people that interest me, because the only people that interest me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yearn or say a commonplace thing…but burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night.”

-Jack Kerouac On the Road

 No quote from any book has stayed with and inspired me both as an artist and a person. There’s a truth in that quote that can be found amongst many like myself. Those of us who seek to find something in this world that’s different from what we know. These mad ones Kerouac wrote of are still around today, you just have to look for them. They’re the ones who stand out, not because they want or try to, but because it’s just how it is with them. They’re a magnet, a kind of lighthouse of attention that draws others into their world that’s so different and crazy that you can’t help but be caught in the moment in which you find yourself with them.  It’s the mad ones who inspired Kerouac to write that now iconic book, the mad ones who continue to play a pivotal role in all form of art, whether it be music, movies, books, pictures, whatever. Celebrate the mad ones, I say, for those are the ones who help make this world interesting.


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