I would be hard pressed to think of a book that has made a deeper impression on me in my youth. I was 22 and is was the summer of 1982. I remember sitting on the curb of a building on Lake Drive long since torn down, reading On The Road while my laundry spun dry. I really loved that book and the characters who were living their lives like "roman candles in the sky". I have been living my life on fire ever since.