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This theme rings throughout Paul’s other writings as well:
- “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6)
- “. . . if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)
- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
- “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
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When Jack Kerouac went off to Columbia University, he told people he was going to be a journalist. His father, Leo Kerouac, was a printer in Lowell, who owned a print shop called Spotlight Print. Leo handled printing for some of the big businesses in New England, and also did a bit of writing of his own. This inspired Ti Jean, as little Jack was called. He used to lay on the floor, creating his own little newspapers and comics.
In school in New York, first at Horace Mann prep school and then at Columbia, Kerouac contributed to the school newspapers. The writing he did for the papers would best be described as music journalism. He soaked in all the great 1940s bebop of Harlem and wrote jazz reviews.
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