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Wallflowers on the road

I’m a bit ahead of myself this month.

Two films are due for release in October, both based on controversial coming-of-age novels: On the Road and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith

‘Find my own road’

Jack Kerouac is an iconic writer synonymous with drifting adventure, so much so that the Urban Dictionary contains a reference for his name with the meaning ‘to wander aimlessly for the giddy thrill’. His most famous novel, On the Road, is a set text of the Beat Generation, a group of hedonistic Bohemians who lived a spontaneous and exuberant lifestyle.