JACK KEROUAC. BtVS Intertext/Allusion.

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was one of the key figures of the counter-cultural Beat Movement of the 1950s. Both a novelist and a poet, he is best known for such autobiographical fictions as On the Road (1957) and The Dharma Bums (1958), road books which celebrate the anarchic freedom of American life. (Photo from http://www.cmgww.com/historic/kerouac/.)


In "Choices" the Scooby Gang engages in the following conversation about their post-high school options. Xander's is inspired by Kerouac.


WILLOW: Sounds like your mom's in a state of denial.

BUFFY: More like a continent. She just has to realize that I can't go away.

WILLOW: Well, maybe not now, but soon, maybe. Or maybe I too hail from Denial Land.

BUFFY: Faith's turn to the dark side of the Force pretty much put the proverbial kibosh on any away plans for me. UC Sunnydale-ľat least I got in. You! I mean I can't believe you got into Oxford!

WILLOW: It's pretty exciting.

OZ: That's some deep academia there.

BUFFY: That's where they make Gileses.

WILLOW: I know! I could learn and, and have scones. Although I--I don't know how I feel about going to school in a foreign country.

Xander is sitting at a nearby tree reading Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

XANDER: Everything in life is foreign territory. Kerouac. He's my teacher. The open road is my school.

BUFFY: Making the open dumpster your cafeteria?

XANDER: Go ahead, mock me.

OZ: I think she just did.

XANDER: We Bohemian anti-establishment types have always been persecuted.

OZ: Well, sure. You're all so weird.

WILLOW: I think it's neat, you doing the backpack, trail mix, happy wanderer thing.

XANDER: I'm aware it scores kinda high on the hokey-meter, but I think it will be good for me. You know, help me to find myself.

CORDELIA: And help us to lose you. Everyone's a winner.


--David Lavery