Friday, November 5, 2010

Frat Jack: On the Road Re-told


"I first met Dean not long after Tryscha and I hooked up. I had just gotten over a wicked fucking hangover that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with a six-foot-five douchebag and a beer bong. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the bro’d. Before that I’d often dreamed of going West to see hot LA actress chicks and try In N’ Out burgers, always vaguely planning and never taking off. Dean is the perfect bro for the road because he knows how to fucking party."

So begins On the Bro'd - a serialized retelling of Jack Kerouac's seminal On the Road translated and updated to 2010 in bro-speak.
On the Bro-d is the brainchild of New York writer and designer Mike Lacher. This line-by-line retelling is an ambitious reinterpretation by someone with way too much time on their hands - are you listening Mike? As of this writing, Lacher is 10 chapters into 1957's beat bible.

Purists may scoff at the attempt but anybody with a sense of humor can't help but laugh at the updated exploits of Sal and Dean. The question now is whether there is enough Smirnoff Ice to fuel Lacher as he endeavors to complete this absurdist take or will he get sidetracked by a game of beer pong on MacDougal Street?