“Dear Marlon, I’m praying that you’ll buy On the Road and make a movie of it. Don’t worry about structure; I know how to compress and rearrange the plot a bit … making it into one all-inclusive trip instead of the several voyages coast-to-coast in the book. […] You play Dean, and I’ll play Sal. … Come on now, Marlon, put up your dukes and write!” – J. Kerouac, 1957