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July 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Admirers of author Jack Kerouac celebrated the 50th anniversary of "On the Road" with a marathon reading of the novel. Fans and some close friends of the late author took turns reading his most famous novel aloud at Naropa University in Boulder. About 150 people listened to the cover-to-cover reading, which took 12 hours and kicked off the university's inaugural Kerouac Festival.
December 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fans of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel "On the Road" will soon have the chance to see a portion of the original 120-foot manuscript that inspired a subculture of restless Beats. Thirty-six feet, a little less than one-third, of the yellowed scroll will be available for viewing at the San Francisco Public Library from Jan. 14 to March 19. The exhibit at the Jewett Gallery will also include books and pictures that detail Kerouac's life and the history of the Beat Generation.
July 18, 2010 | By Robert Faggen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford Viking: 528 pp., $35 "Howl" (1956) and "On the Road" (1957), two works that helped define a time, sprang from two wildly fired, independent imaginations. Few would have put Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac together when they met at Columbia University in 1944. But they became profound friends, inspired in part by the muse of the elusive, multi-vocal Neal Cassady and joined by the brilliantly perverse, professorial elder William Burroughs.
January 9, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Jack Kerouac was never shy about the movies. As Joyce Johnson notes on the website “Reality Sandwich”: “In his twenties, Kerouac sporadically supported himself by synopsizing scripts for film studios and tried his own hand at screenwriting. He wrote a Christmas tearjerker that he unsuccessfully tried to sell.” As early as 1957, Warner Bros. was offering six figures to develop “On the Road”; given the problems with Walter Salle's recent adaptation, perhaps it's for the best that the deal fell through.
September 14, 2001 | Philip Brandes
Nancy Balbirer, author and solo performer of "I Slept With Jack Kerouac," is far too young and attractive for her claim to be taken at face value. It's something of a relief, therefore, to discover that her affair with the legendary beat author took place in a metaphorical fantasy, that the laws of time and chronology still hold. Nevertheless, there's a compelling emotional honesty in the trio of autobiographical monologues making up Balbirer's performance piece at the Gascon Center Theatre.
July 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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. 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 publication.
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