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In a Strange Livingroom

Dreamed late August 1952 by Jack Kerouac

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IN A STRANGE LIVINGROOM presumably in Mexico City but very much and suspiciously like a livingroom in a dream of my Ma and Pa in Lowell or Dream Movetown---June (Evans) is telling me the name of a great unknown Greek writer, Plipias, Snipias, how his father ran away with the family money so Plipias, queer, went to live on an Island with the boy he loved; and wrote: "I never go on strike against man, because I love him"---

June recommended this writer highly, and said: "You can spend an hour a day hassling over small things but in the larger sense you can see what he means, never go on strike against man---"

Meanwhile I'm about to go in the bathroom but Bull's [William S. Burroughs's] already in there--has made no comment.

--Jack Kerouac


I posted this particular dream for that extraordinary, repeated line of explicit advice from Plipias--well, June. Wise advice, but not always easy to implement.

Source: Page 3 of Book of Dreams by Jack Kerouac, expanded (2001) edition, City Lights Books.
Date: estimated from sequence.
Title: Kerouac habitually capitalized the first phrase as a working title, even if it didn't fit the dream as a whole.
I've added occasional paragraph breaks when Jack's run-on text (each dream, no matter how long, is one chunk) got hard to read on screen. The web is not the printed page. I apologize to purists.

--Chris Wayan

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