Jack Kerouac Explains On The Road
Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, haiku lover, Buddhist inquirer, perpetual wanderlust, author, reluctant personality, disdain for labels. The enigmatic writer has been the inspiration of countless roadtrips and adventures. His seminal On The Road even starts and ends in my home state of Iowa. If you haven’t read him, pick him up.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!�?”
— Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Below is an interview with Kerouac reading his reason for writing, accompanied by pianist Steve Allen. Dean Mor-i-ar-ty.
Check out the full video over here. The above photo is the start of Kerouac’s famous scroll where he pounded out the first draft of On the Road.