There Was Nowhere To Go But Everywhere

Abby Zimet

Cassady and Kerouac


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It's with trepidation we hear that the film version of Jack Kerouac's seminal "On the Road" has finally arrived, opening last week in Cannes to mixed reviews. It was made by Brazilian directer Walter Salles, of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” who feels it's about "discovering that this is the end of the road and the end of the American dream.” Well, okay. But can anyone make a film that truly reflects the chaotic book, or the lost, brilliant, sorrowful, exuberant and often drunk Kerouac? Unlikely. A few reasons why his epitaph reads, "He honored life."

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