by Jerry Cimino
The movie trailer for Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel On The Road has just been released. It portends an extremely satisfying movie experience that literary fans have been anxiously awaiting for over 30 years.
Sal Paradise, of course, is Jack Kerouac, and Dean Moriarty is Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s iconic hero of the American night.
Controversy has raged for decades among Beat Generation fans as to whether this movie should even have been attempted. I can understand both sides of the argument. On The Road is a very personal novel for many, many people. At the Beat Museum, located in San Francisco, we see people from every corner of the world walk through our doors daily who are on their own personal journey kick-started by their reading of Kerouac’s books. On The Road holds a very special place in the hearts of many of these people and they don’t want their vision of Kerouac’s book (and their own personal journeys) messed with.