Kerouac was a prolific, inspiring writer (one of the Beats) who developed a true stream of consciousness style. His most famous book On The Road was a great example of this. The darker side of his life is the fact that he eventually swore off his old friends like Allen Ginsberg, and returned home to live with his mother. He slowly drowned himself in alcohol with occasional appearances on tv in the early 60s. He died of alcohol-induced liver failure. Despite this, he remains a towering figure in the firmament of the great writers. He is interesting here as an embodiment of the creative life. And a warning from the Dionysian Muse that the creative life can be dangerous too.