Jack Kerouac, "On the Road", 1957: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn."
"On the Road" became the Bible of the Beat generation. A book to live by.
If you draw a line back through "Thelma and Louise," Tom Waits and Easy Rider, Bob Dylan and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," blue-jeaned backpackers and the '60s, you come to Kerouac and "On the Road."
But do we remember what he was looking for?
This hour On Point: "On the Road" at 50.
John Leland, author of "Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)"
Joyce Johnson, author of "Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir" chronicling her relationship with Jack Kerouac.
This program aired on August 17, 2007.