Friday, March 12, 2010
Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac!
| The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor: "It's the birthday of Jack Kerouac, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922, the author of On the Road (1957), a book that brought him instant fame and labels like 'King of the Beats' and 'the voice of a generation.' Writers Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Lester Bangs, and Tom Robbins have all pointed to Kerouac as a defining influence on their writing. And songwriter Bob Dylan said about On the Road: 'It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.'"