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Sentence Drawings, designed by Stefanie Posavec, maps the text of Kerouac’s On the Road line by line, with subjects categorized by color.
“I could hear everything, together with the hum of my hotel neon. I never felt sadder in my life. LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.”
— Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Jack Kerouac Original of the Day: Jack Kerouac began shopping his second novel, On the Road, in 1952, complete with a cover he designed himself. Publisher A.A. Wyn received the sketch with a little note typed at the very top:
Dear Mr. Wyn:
I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book. The cover for The Town and the City was as dull as the title and the photo backflap. Wilbur Pippin’s photo of me is the perfect On the Road one … it will look like the face of the figure below.
Wyn rejected both the novel and the cover idea. On the Road finally was published in 1957 and went on to become a bestseller with all manner of covers – save Kerouac’s original idea.
Expectations will be extremely high for obvious reasons, but I’m actually looking forward to this. Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries is one of my favorites. Here’s the trailer.