'On the Road' Review: Aren't We There Yet?

Truman Capote legendarily dismissed Jack Kerouac's influential roman à clef "On the Road" with, "That's not writing; it's typing."

Capote's insult might have been referencing the legend that Kerouac banged out a first draft while hopped up on speed and feeding his typewriter with one gigantic roll of butcher paper, but Capote could also have referred to the stripped-down, descriptive prose of the book, which chugs along with the cool, spare poetry of jazz.



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