#1 By: Cory Doctorow, February 10th, 2014 12:01
#2 By: omems, February 10th, 2014 13:21
That's a funny idea.
I bet it's even better* when spoken aloud by a satnav.
#3 By: Espresso, February 10th, 2014 14:10
It's a fun idea, and props to the person who did it.
But, but, but: obviously you can still drive from A to B, but don't forget that On the Road documents trips taken before the Interstate system was built, so the whole thing takes place on roads that are now mostly sleepy backroads or completely vanished. I guess a similar caveat applies to the various urban locations described. I haven't looked at the ebook, but I hope the creator made an effort to use those backroad routes instead of the Interstate wherever possible.
Also, On the Road is such an odd book... it's not especially difficult, but it seems to get more difficult as I get older (and I know I'm not alone in having that response to it). What was once exciting, revelatory and profound for 17-year-old me -- wow, such rebels and free-thinkers, and 20 years before the Summer of Love! -- just seems kind of shallow and self-indulgent to 47-year-old me.
#4 By: Jonathan Badger, February 10th, 2014 14:26
I think the difference in the road system today is kind of the joke.
#5 By: Espresso, February 10th, 2014 14:36
Personally I think the real joke is the way the iconic novel "reads" once reduced to a bunch of computer-generated directions. I've now looked at a few pages, and it does produce a weird feeling... can't pin it down right now, but whatever it is I doubt it would be much different if the road system were largely unchanged.
#6 By: kmoser, February 10th, 2014 15:04
Dude, how about some paragraph breaks?
#7 By: Espresso, February 10th, 2014 16:00
That's what they said to Kerouac, too.
#8 By: Daniel_Tobias, February 10th, 2014 19:06
Perhaps any lawyers present can give an opinion of whether any copyrights owned either by Kerouac (his heirs, publishers, etc.) or Google are violated by this "mashup"!
#9 By: Cory Doctorow, February 15th, 2014 12:01
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