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Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" Unrolled

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by wadc45, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    One of my favorites stories of all time...
  2. Alan

    Alan Banned

    agreed.....and i think grad21 is going to chime in with his appreciation for the author as well....

    besides road, dharma bums, desolation angels, lonesome traveler, visions of gerard, and big sur are my personal favorites....
  3. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Read it, liked it, but wouldn't pay $2.43 million for the scroll!
  4. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    agreed..."the dharma bums" is great...

    "only one thing I'll say for the people watching television, the millions and millions of the one eye: they're not hurting anyone."
  5. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    On the Road was just OK. Kerouac needed an editor, though. :biggrin:

    I haven't read any of his other stuff. Maybe I'll give Dharma Bums a try when I get my life back.
  6. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Kerouac is Memory Babe for an excellent biography...his writing marathons are unreal. Massive drugs, booze, and hours of writing...he had a clothesline in his room where he would simply remove the sweaty Tshirts and hang them on the line. There were literally dozens of shirts hanging in the room and he would pull down a dry one and keep writing...

    JK was also a standout football player....

    However, Kerouac is lost without Cassady...

    Neal Cassady is an The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a good vision of Neal, Ken Kesey, and the Merry Pranksters. I have a VHS of video footage from that famous bus trip.

    Sushi, definitely read might like Naked Lunch also (Burroughs was a genius)
  7. Alan

    Alan Banned

    grad....have you ever read "GO" by is a direct account of kerouac (pasternik), cassady, ginsberg, burroughs and their adventures....a great read...

    also Carolyn Cassady has a great book that details the lives of both cassady and kerouac....
  8. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    GO is still on my list...probably a summer read. Carolyn should have lots of "details" that would hold attention:biggrin:
  9. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Never read it, although I suspect that I have lived it. Maybe I'll give it a go, given the positive recs from the Board.
  10. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I'm sure you saw this grad, but I just heard about it today...

  11. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Yup, Alan dropped that dime yesterday. Should be interesting...
  12. Alan

    Alan Banned

    What really blows my mind is someone started a thread a few months ago about 5 things you want to do before you die.......and one of mine was for someone to discover an unpublished kerouac work.....
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Uncensored 'On the Road' to be published

    LOWELL, Mass. - Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" will be published in its unedited original scroll version by Viking Press, which published the Beat Generation classic in September 1957.

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    John Sampas, executor of the writer's literary estate and brother of Stella Sampas, Kerouac's third wife, said he has signed a contract with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. He hopes the work will be out by the end of next year, the 50th anniversary of the publication.
    "Incidents in the original were edited out of the published version because of the censorship of the time," said Sampas, who noted that some of the edited sections refer to drugs and sex. "On the scroll, entire paragraphs are crossed out and not included in the published version."
    Sampras said the new version will be in book form, but taken from the original scroll. Any sections Kerouac had crossed out before turning it into the publisher will be excluded in the new edition.
    In 1951, Kerouac, hopped up on coffee and Benzedrine, sat at a typewriter and began retelling the tale of an aimless trek he made across America. In a spontaneous, stream-of-consciousness burst, he typed on long sheets of tracing paper, taping each finished page to the previous one to form one continuous, rolling text.
    Published six years later, "On the Road" won critical praise and became an icon of the post-World War II subculture of intellectuals, writers, musicians and rebels who identified with the freedom of Kerouac's cross-country odyssey and embraced his disdain for 1950s conformity.
    The original, 120-foot, coffee-stained scroll that is yellowing with age was purchased in 2001 by James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, for $2.43 million. The scroll is touring U.S. museums and libraries.
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