Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jean Kerouac

Here's Jack Kerouac interviewed by Fernand Seguin on a French-Canadian television show in Montreal. He speaks a broken French patois, known here in Montreal as Joual. After the interview he went to a bar on St-Laurent and smashed up the place. He was already sick at the time of this interview and died soon after.

Here's the full interview without subtitles.

There were some early drafts of On the Road discovered recently that were written in French, as if he initially had in mind to write it in French. Le Devoir has the story (in French). Obviously he changed his mind. Things definitely would have been different had he done so. We would now not know his name.

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