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There are no end of positives about Sakhee, including his supreme gameness and, in terms of a Classic contender, his rare ability to adapt his stride to all surfaces from morass to the unmalleable.
It's an important distinction, one that serves to delimit what is represented from what is experienced, but Kerouac's effort as an author was, I think, precisely to erase it, to use the "spontaneous prose" of "personal secret idea words" (Charters 1995b, 484) to make the world his pages chronicle as real as bodies with real skin, creating what he called "real unreality" (Charters 1992, 221), a world rapturous and magical, as obstreperous, funny, hopeful, and infinitely forlorn as our own bodies--those unmalleable masses of matter that are, willy-nilly, our only representatives in the world.
Chinese are currently defined as unmalleable, to be untransformable into 'real people'.