As Frank Wilson, my friend and former editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, notes on his blog, BooksInq, Jack Kerouac was born on this date in 1922. (He died in 1969 at age 47).
Frank Wilson (seen in the below photo) linked to his 2007 Inquirer piece on Jack Kerouac:
Jack Kerouac was born on this date 99 years ago. Here is a piece I wrote
to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road:
OK, so here I am, sitting in front of a computer, 50 years after the fact of the matter - which is the publication, on Sept. 5, 1957, of Jack Kerouac's On the Road
No, Jack and his friends did what they said they were going to at the end of On the Road: They drove to the Metropolitan Opera and saw Duke Ellington. Then Jack transmogrified himself into Ray Smith, dharma bum - righteous bum, if you please - and climbed a mountain with Japhy Ryder, poet, scholar, woodsman and would-be sage, and thanks to Road Novels 1957-1960 (Library of America, $35), which gathers five of Jack's novels and selections from his journals into one volume, you can follow along and find out what happened after, as Jack puts it in one of those journal entries, he "escaped Neal's compulsive mystique de haschhisch."
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also watch Jack Kerouac on William Buckley's Firing Line via the below link:
And you can visit Frank Wilson's blog at https://booksinq.blogspot.com.