Posts Tagged: On the Road
The supposedly lost letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac that inspired Kerouac’s novel, On the Road, was found in 2014. Now, the letter is being auctioned off:
The 16,000-word typed letter, which carries an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000, had been considered lost before it surfaced in the discarded files of Golden Goose Press, a now-defunct small San Francisco publisher, and listed for sale by a Southern California auction house in 2014.
For the Guardian, Lynette Lounsbury shares her adolescent experience reading the beat writers and coming to realize that there was little “space” for women in the beatnik world:
I read more Kerouac, The Dharma Bums my favourite, and then I read Cassady and Ginsberg and Burroughs.
What is more American than the road trip? Steven Melendez has created an astonishingly detailed interactive map of the beloved institution as documented in twelve works of American literature. The books featured include Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Mark Twain’s Roughing It, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Acid Test....more
Craving to be a ‘50s vagabond like Kerouac’s Sal Paradise but fear traveling without your GPS? On the Road fans worry need not worry! Gregor Weichbrodt has “rewritten” the entire novel solely using Google Maps driving directions. The open-source book is fifty-five pages long and only features 17,527 miles....more
If you’re a fan of the Beats, you’ll want to check out the hundreds of books and other objects up for auction in San Francisco this Thursday.
Featured items include a copy of On the Road signed by Neal Cassady (“the model for the Dean Moriarty character”) and a first-edition hardcover copy of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test autographed by its author Tom Wolfe and forty-five other ’60s counterculture luminaries....more
In 1957, shortly after the publication of his second novel, On The Road, Jack Kerouac wrote a letter to Marlon Brando, pleading with him to buy the movie rights to the book....more
Jack Kerouac looked like Jesus. In the ink sketch my dad did of him, Kerouac’s arms are outstretched to either side, his head in proﬁle as though waiting for the lash....more