Today is the birthday of Jack Kerouac, a writer who at once and after, had an influence on how I messaged my thoughts and wrote down my words.

On The Road, was his most noted book and as legend has it, wrote it in less than three weeks on a 120 foot continuous roll of teletype paper fed into his typewriter. And that’s the way he turned it in to his editor. Who immediately returned it to him to cut it down to proper sized pages.

He described the book in his journal as “Two guys hitch-hiking to California in search of something they don’t really find, and losing themselves on the road, and coming all the way back hopeful of something else.

Here he reads an excerpt on the old Steve Allen show, one of televisions early hipsters:

[h/t to Book Patrol for the video and The Writer’s Almanac for the quote…]