“Down and Out” tends to be an original content kinda blog, but every once in a while, I see something out there that deserves mention because it’s just so down-and-out, as in it’s just so much of an adventure in literature, landscape, and life. Right now, as I write this and as you read what I’m writing, there’s this French guy named Pierre-Olivier Labbe hot on the heels of Jack Kerouac. He’s probably in a Greyhound bus right now, streaking west through Colorado. Labbe is a photojournalist taking a road trip from New York to San Francisco in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kerouac’s On the Road. He’s using Kerouac’s book as a guide, and he’s taking photographs along the way to document the places that were important to Kerouac and the Beat Generation. I started following the journey a few days ago when I noticed his blog link on the Le Monde (major French newspaper) Internet site. It’s titled “Mais où est donc passé Jack Kerouac?” That translates, roughly, as: “But, hey—where is Jack Kerouac/So—what has happened to this guy?”—something like that. Anyhow, my limited translation skills do sometimes cause me problems here in France, and unless you’re fluent in French, you might have some problems reading Labbe’s blog, but he’s a photographer, and a picture is worth a thousand words, eh?
To read “Down and Out” on Kerouac’s On the Road, click here.