Def: o'kay ter'ri'fic: 1.common expression of muted astonishment due to being surrounded by amazing stupidity, without quite knowing what else to say. 2.expression that usually precedes the changing of a subject brought up by an individual who is perfectly clueless to anything or anyone outside their own narcissistic corner of the universe. Origin: Unknown

Location: Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

Steven Hill is the author of the independently published A VOICE ABOVE THE DIN, available at www.lulu.com/holbrookhill, or Amazon or B&N.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

On The Road

I love literature and I also love travelling. Put a map in front of me and I'm immediatley looking up places I've never been to. My wife ceaselessly makes fun of my love of maps. But it's not really maps I love, it's the places they can take you to, and the beckoning of the road, that I love.

So naturally, I'm a big fan of On The Road by Jack Kerouac. It was definitely an influential book in my life. Therefore, I was so intrigued by this blog I found through www.Litkicks.com : http://littourature.blogspot.com/ that I thought I'd share it with you.

Michael Hess has decided to sift through On The Road (and other books in the future, I suppose) and retrace most of the travels and points of interest to modern day observations or vignettes.

What an awesome idea! It's such a good idea, I wish I'd thought of it! I spent the whole morning reading his blog - not difficult because it's well written and breezy and also relatively short - for now. This is not only a good idea for On The Road, but there are plenty other novels that could be approached this way. Cathcer In The Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, Travels With Charley, to mention a few. And, if you want to go international, most of Hemingway's books would work with this template.

Not only does Mr. Hess offer his own personal thoughts on the places as well as the characters in the book, he also offers an interactive Google map of the steps he is tracing.

Littourature has fast become my favorite website. I'm eagerly waiting the next installments.

Okay Terrific,


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