"On the Road's" Bumpy Journey [Real Player]http://www.wbur.org/news/2007/68102_20070622.aspJack Kerouac: From Lowell to Legendhttp://extras.lowellsun.com/kerouac/C-SPAN: American Writers II, Jack Kerouac [Real Player]http://www.americanwriters.org/classroom/videolesson/clips35_kerouac.asp#NPR: Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Present at the Creation [Real Player]http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/ontheroad/Kerouac Kalendarhttp://www.wordsareimportant.com/calendar.htmThe Art of Fiction: Jack Kerouac [pdf]http://www.theparisreview.com/media/4260_KEROUAC.pdfOn October 21, 1969, Jack Kerouac, the prolific American author died of an internal hemorrhage in St. Petersburg, Florida. Despite Kerouac's desire to be known primarily as a writer, many remember him because of his iconic status as a leader of the so-called "Beat Generation". Perhaps his best known work is his sprawling, stream of consciousness travel narrative, "On The Road". Recently, the book celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in print, and while Kerouac has been gone for almost forty years, the original manuscript of this book continues to travel through the United States. The entire work is contained on a 120-foot scroll, consisting of a series of single-spaced typed twelve-foot long rolls of paper that have been taped together. This remarkable document has been traveling around the country for the past few years at the request of its owner, Jim Irsay, who also happens to own the Indianapolis Colts. Recently, the scroll went home, in a matter of speaking, as it began a four-month residency at the Boot Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. As Lowell is Kerouac's birthplace, it seems fitting that it will get a chance to be around the places and milieu that informed a good deal of his own writings, musings, and reflections. The first link will take users to a news story from the CBC about a recent marathon reading of "On The Road" which took place this past Saturday at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Created by WBUR in Boston, the next link leads to an audio news piece about getting "On the Road" published. Moving along, the third link leads to a very interactive feature about Kerouac's life in Lowell from the Lowell Sun. Here, visitors can view some great photographic slide shows, take a glance at a walking tour, and read some articles about Kerouac's legacy. The fourth link leads to a two-hour presentation from C-SPAN's American Writers II series that features interviews with historians, Kerouac's friends, and others. The fifth link whisks visitors away to a multimedia site created by NPR that contains excerpts from "On the Road", clips from conversations with Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady, and a short video clip of Kerouac reading his work while Steve Allen tickles the ivories. The sixth link leads to the very comprehensive Kerouac Kalendar. Here, visitors can read all about the scroll's upcoming stops, conferences, readings, and all other events dealing with Kerouac. The last link leads to a long interview with Kerouac conducted by The Paris Review in 1968.


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