Friday, August 17, 2007

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

It's unfortunate that Sante is not fact checked better as the alleged fact, really legend, that Kerouac pounded out this manuscript in three weeks is complete pish-posh according to Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954 edited by David Brinkley who presents solid evidence to the contrary. This book is a fantastic, albeit edited, look into Kerouac's thought processes and writing labors while writing Town and Country and On the Road. Brinkley writes a fantastic biographical introduction to this collection which really helps piece together, especially for a Kerouac newbie as myself, to get a grasp on the writer and his world and the real life characters that built his writing.
Another good review:

You Don’t Know Jack

I hate to admit this but On The Road is actually a book on my "to-read" list rather than a book I have read. It's in my top 5 to read at this point, along with finishing Gravity's Rainbow and the collection of essays on writers in exile entitled Altogether Elsewhere. Benajmin's Arcades Project is always in the top 5 as well as Adorno in America.

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Libography said...

I don't know how I'd feel abotu OTR if I read it now -- I read it when I was in high school and it really resonated with me. I was also listening to a lot of jazz at the time so that helped. I'll be curious what you think of it! I really should re-read it...