Jack Kerouac’s American Journey: The Real-Life Odyssey of “On the Road.” By Paul Maher Jr. Thunder’s Mouth Press/Da Capo. $16.
The pursuit of literary figures of the recent past is a touch ghoulish for anyone not actively engaged in it. The idea of rooting around in the lives of authors to dig up this minor fact or uncover that small truth is, if not unseemly, certainly of very limited interest. Kim Powers’ fascination with both Truman Capote and Harper Lee, with both In Cold Blood and To Kill a Mockingbird, is what led him to create Capote in
Jack Kerouac’s American Journey is written as history, not fiction, and is not as interesting a book as Capote in