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Writer Jack Kerouac, who enlisted in the Navy, was confined to a military hospital for a period in 1943 while psychiatrists tried to determine if he had a mental disorder.

“Patient’s father, Leo A. Kerouac states that his son has been ‘boiling’ for a long time,” one entry notes.

Another reads: “Without any particular training or background, this patient, just prior to his enlistment, enthusiastically embarked upon the writing of novels. He sees nothing unusual in this activity.”


Hey, at least he enlisted. More than slackers like Ginsberg did.

And On the Road was a pretty good novel, at that ...

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