Jack London’s book “The Road” preceded “on the Road” by half a century.
So when the San Francisco Bay Area political activist known affectionately as “Lord Gottschalk” suggested a bus tour of Hempistan we figured it was it was a diabolical plan to substitute pot for acid and plagiarize “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe.
What would have happened if Hunter S. Thompson had ever been invited to do a ride-along on Willie Nelson’s tour bus?
Doing a series of reports about a state of the union tour of the newly legalized marijuana sanitary states would be great fun but where would the funding for the adventure be found?
Who didn’t love the old film “Wild Boys on the Road”?
Tom Wolfe and friends weren’t the first group of nomads to race around the USA on a bus looking for fun and kicks.
Publicity makes the difference between a world famous book and an obscure example of a picaresque book about a traveling family such as “It isn’t a Bus” by Martha French Patterson and Sally Patterson Tubach.
How can Marijuana News attract a superstar writer to observe, analyze and comment on an attempt to out do Jack London, Jack Kerouac or Charles Kuralt?
What about Che’s book “Motorcycle Diaries”?
If the subsidized road trip isn’t feasible a pay as you go alternative plan seems required.
If the clandestine joy of pot smoking has been rendered extinct in many states what would a columnist errant do for content, while roaming about? We could ask the hippies about the best road movies of all time and perhaps inspire an “On the Road” film festival in flyover country.
What rambling rebel doesn’t have a favorite road song? (The Publisher wonders if that includes “100 bottles of beer on the wall”?)
What are the top twenty-five tunes praising white line fever?
A large number of books extol the Don Quixote quest in a motorcar since “Wind in the Willows” was published.
Perhaps The Rolling Stoned bus tour could be a “Consumer’s Guide to the top Cannabis Dispensaries in the USA.” project?
Did the internet destroy underground newspapers or could a website today imitate online what the Berkeley Barb did during the Viet Nam war era?
Would the search for column topics make for a good cable TV program?
Tune in again next time.
In the meantime try watching the movie “Grand Theft Parson’s” for a very obscure top notch road flick.
Have a hassle free week.
To be continued.