Fifty years after the publication of On the Road, the question remains: where was Kerouac going?
David L. Ulin
On the Road:
The Original Scroll
by Jack Kerouac and Howard Cunnell
$25.95 List Price
A friend of mine once met Jack Kerouac. This was in 1968, in the Carolinas somewhere; my friend was a college student, and Kerouac, well, Kerouac was playing out the string. He was forty-six (the age I am now), broken-down and bloated, a barroom brawler discontent with his legacy. In September of that year, he would appear on William F. Buckley Jr.'s television show, Firing Line, along with the Fugs' Ed Sanders, whose work
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