Let’s proceed scientifically…

Pros and cons of loading a 120-ft scroll of tracing paper into my typewriter and going on a frenzied 48h non-stop benzedrine-fueled Masters thesis writing session:


  1. It worked for Jack Kerouac.
  2. I’d be done 3 days earlier: more time to edit and correct typos.
  3. I’d be done 3 days earlier: more time to spend drunk in some seedy Golden Gai bar.


  1. Actually, it took him three weeks to write it. I don’t have three weeks.
  2. Sleep deprivation-induced typos probably likely to include: entire paragraphs written in Urdu, random obscene expletives, obscure references to isomorphic transformations in alternate planes of reality…
  3. Comparability of Beat literature masterpiece with Natural Language Processing project involving Machine Learning parsing of Rhetorical Structure Trees: dubious.

It’s a toss, really…


  1. And, of course, you risk your professor commenting on it: “That’s not writing, it’s typing.”

    Also, extra points if you actually use a typewriter, however.

  2. from the wikipedia “the New York Times hailed it as “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and most important utterance”

    it means this novel should be read..I will started to read this book new week..

    Dave,thanks for the reminder

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