Literature often describes places we are curious about, regardless of whether we know them or not. This blog maps the journeys laid out in selected books and offers reflections corresponding to the various stops. Happy traveling!

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I was born in Eureka, California and adopted when I was 2.  I grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated high school in 1982.  I finished a BA in English at Santa Clara University, and then did two years of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in inner-city Milwaukee.  I lived in Milwaukee from 1986-1995.  I got married in 1995 to Megan Kamerick and moved to San Antonio, Texas where I worked for a non-profit organization while I picked up an MA in International Relations at St. Mary's University.  In 2000, I started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of New Orleans and we lived there until 2004.  Megan accepted a job in Albuquerque 2004, and we have lived there up to the present.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 and am currently working at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" Journey Part 1: Paterson, NJ

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On the Road: Paterson, New Jersey


Blogger Pondering Pig said...

Just thought I'd point out that Paterson was Allen Ginsberg's home town and also, I believe, the home of the poet William Carlos Williams. Not only that but I seem to remember Lou Costello (of the Forties comedy team Abbot and Costello)came from Paterson and used to go back for big hometown parades just about the time that Jack sets his novel.

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Anonymous Jerome Burg said...

1. Congratulations on your PhD.
2. Congratulations on your On the Road Google Earth project.

My name is Jerome Burg and I have a website called Google Lit Trips where I post projects exactly like your On the Road work. You can find it at:

The site has become a bit of a phenomenon in the Educational Technology world having attracted nearly 60,000 visitors in the last 8 months.

I'd like to talk to you about your possible interest in having your work featured on the website.

As it turns out I just reread On the Road a couple of weeks ago. Still a great book!

Jerome Burg

7:52 AM  

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