In the spirit of the Beat king (uh, except for the price tag)

On the Road manuscriptHopped up on coffee and Benzedrine, Jack Kerouac sat in a Chelsea apartment and typed On the Road on a 120-foot, continuous roll of paper (see right).

Now the building where he produced his most famous book is on the block for $7 million. While the exterior remains unchanged, the site has been “given a complete ultramodern makeover on the inside,” and the architect “believes his design is in harmony with the writer’s work.”

An NPR page devoted to On the Road notes that Kerouac had trouble finding a publisher and on the eve of publication “had to borrow money for a bus ticket to New York from his girlfriend at the time, Joyce Johnson.” Kerouac audio and video clips are also available at the NPR site.


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