Pennsy Kerouac PATH Ad from the past

Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. These artcles offer some insight into the celebration.

Road Rules – by David Gates/Newsweek

On the Road, Again, by Joe Woodward

If I had to name five of the most influential books I read, a quick list would include:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Strawberry Statement, Notes of a College Revolutionary by James Kunen

Desolation Angels
On The Road

anything by Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry*

*Yeah, I said books, so what.

The first three were in high school, no less. So, here's to anniversaries and the good old Paperback Book Store that once existed in Bloomfield (N.J.) Center ... of course, back in the day. It was there I picked up Desolation Angels because I liked the cover. The same could be said for MASH. Who knew what a book about living in fire-watch towers would lead to?

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