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The concept of "it" is prevalent in the novel.  What is "it" for Sal and Dean?

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I think that this becomes one of the central issues in the novel.  The idea of "it" and its pursuit is something that drives both Sal and Dean.  The moment and living for it represents a critical element of the primary motivation of Sal and Dean.  Both of them seek to live for this "moment," something that is fundamentally different than the conventional notion of American society...

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