Setting off on a trip without much of a plan. Just hitting the road. How many of us would actually go for that? Without even so much as a place to stay? It might be all much easier now, given the smart gadgets we have, but are we really able to follow the dreams we once had as teenagers? Or has our perspective changed so much that we cannot spontaneously go for a trip?
Hit the road
The 'Beat Generation' term refers to nonconformist American writers whose work emerged in the 1950s. This group of writers originally met in Columbia University, in New York
. The movement's leading figure was Jack Kerouac, whose novel 'On the Road' describes the rebellious travel across the United Stated of a group of young free-spirited friends. One of the main characters is Dean Moriarty, an alter ego of the writer's real friend Neal Cassady, who inspired both Keruac's literature and life. Keruac inserded himself in the book as well, as Sal Paradise. The story has been recently filmed, and marks the revival of the beat generation. Over the years 'On the Road' has become a cult book, with many fans around the word that view it as a symbol of fearless, wild travel.
Why not getting on the road like the novel's protagonists? Book a car hire in the USA
and set off on a trip from the east to the west coast. From New York - the place where it all begun to - San Francisco
, where the beat generation movement found a perfect soil for its literature. It is where the City Lights Bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti begun publishing the work of the beat writers.
The beat prose was both innovative and rebellious in its content. Keruac took great inspiration from jazz musicians and their improvisations. He tried to render the improvisation in his narration technique. One is temped to go to a New York music club and listen to jazz, visit the Columbia University and set off on a trip up to the San Francisco City Lights Bookstore. Everything in between is up your improvisation skills.