Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)

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Penguin, Aug 16, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Legions of youthful Americans have taken On the Road as a manifesto for rebellion and an inspiration to hit the road. But there is much more to the book than that. In Why Kerouac Matters, John Leland embarks on a wry, insightful, and playful discussion of the novel, arguing that it still matters because it lays out an alternative road map to growing up. Along the way, Leland overturns many misconceptions about On the Road as he examines the lessons that Kerouac?s alter ego, Sal Paradise, absorbs and dispenses on his novelistic journey to manhood, and how those lessons?about work and money, love and sex, art and holiness? still reverberate today.
 

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Those who read On the Road and saw it as a handbook for being irresponsible and rebellious, got it wrong. Kerouac wanted more for himself, and through his character Sal Paradise, showed that the way ... Read full review

WHY KEROUAC MATTERS: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)

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A pop-culture trifle that tries too hard to make its already accessible subject au courant among the 20-somethings.New York Times style reporter Leland (Hip: The History, 2004) clearly has good ... Read full review

Contents

Girls Visions Everything
GROWING UP KEROUAC
THE PARABLE OF THE WET HITCHHIKER
WHAT WOULD JACK DO?
Paradise Among the Dingledodies
THE MAD ONES
SALS GUIDE TO WORK AND MONEY
THE BOOK OF LOST FATHERS
THE TAO OF OROONI
WE KNOW TIME
Visions of Sal
THE HOLY GOOFS
GHOSTS
VISIONS
The Aftermath
SAD PARADISE AND THE LESSONS UNLEARNED

The True Story of the World Is a French Movie
HOW NOT TO PICK UP GIRLS
THE FAMILY GUY
We Dont Go Skating Like the Scott Fitzgeralds
NOTES ON SOURCES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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