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Paul
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I heard that Jack Kerouac wrote his literary masterpiece "On The Road", on a role of toilet paper he copped from a truck stop during his well documented travels across the country. Is this true or just a frabicated UL?
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Not totally untrue, just a bit garbled. It was a single roll, but not toilet paper. Typing paper from the days of manual typewriters or copypaper(?)
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BCE
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According to this site, it was written on a roll of teletype paper.

And, here is a story of the original manuscript being auctioned off by Christie's.
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Kerouac's On The Road manuscript is a 120-foot long scroll consisting of a series of single-spaced typed twelve-foot long rolls of paper that have been scotched taped together.
So, yes the TP story is a 'frabicated UL' [Razz]

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Animal or god?
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Aye and remembering reading that book, I think he'd copied some bits from further up. He might as well wiped his backside with it... or stuck to his poetry ("stuck" metaphorically, not by any other way!)
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Aye and remembering reading that book, I think he'd copied some bits from further up. He might as well wiped his backside with it... or stuck to his poetry ("stuck" metaphorically, not by any other way!)

For the first time in history, I agree. The book should have been written on Charmin.

I don't see what everybody sees in this book. I think Keouac invented the modern form of mental masturbation. Whenever I hear somebody in a band or an actor refer to themselves or their ideas as art or whenever a college freshman labels his or herself an "intellectual", I know they have a once read copy of On the Road near their bed. It is the worst form of shoegazing self-centered softheaded tortured soul syndrome.
I think people should get out there and do their living for themselves. And if you must live vicariously, read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Kerouac could write.
At times.
But I don't think he did a good job here. A thorough edit might have made it better, you could have cut half (at least) of it out... It ends up going nowhere.

I suppose the other "overrated American classic" would be "The Catcher in the Rye". By the end of the 1960s it would have been dated.

And yes I do prefer "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"... even "The Naked Lunch" because for all that book's failures it did break some ground.

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