Launching your first novel is exciting because you don't know what to expect. It's a big deal that you've published a book at all. Sending subsequent books into the world is still a big deal -- we're living the dream, right? -- but in some ways it's even more intimidating.
We sparked some tea and spit seeds onto the street, pulsing to the rhythm of the passing cars while feeling the ghosts of North Beach -- Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and the rest of our long-gone friends -- falling further away.
With the feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road on its way to U.S. theaters, it's the perfect time to make a pilgrimage to the Beat epicenter of San Francisco to see some Kerouac landmarks.