The Kerouac/Turgenev Connection
"Great, man, great! Get it, boyo! Get it, hold it, keep at it, stretch it, you snake! Stretch it, go on, and again! Make it hot again, man, you old dog, you! Oh, the devil take your soul, man!"
That quote could be directly from On the Road.
But it isn't.
Oddly enough, it's from a story called "Singers" in Ivan Turgenev's book Sketches from a Hunter's Album. In the story, two peasants are having a contest of singing in a hole in the wall excuse for a tavern called The Welcome. Turgenev takes a hiatus from hunting because of the heat, and inadvertently stumbles upon this contest between the singers. It's while the first singer is singing very well that one of the on-lookers bursts out into the exuberant quote above.
It just tickled me to read that quote in Turgenev's book -- written some 100 years before Kerouac's opus. I'm not sure why, but I just read and reread that ridiculous line and kept thinking, "This could be straight out of On the Road."
I was laughing out loud when I read it and, in my own way, shouting to Turgenev to ride it out . . . or write it out. Go, boyo, go!
I love it. Just love it.