On the Wagon is a young recovering alcoholic’s quest to find the true meaning of freedom by following the route of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, one of the most abiding expressions of freedom in popular culture.
Setting off from Australia with little more than faith in the contacts he’ll likely make at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, Lennox Nicholson finds out what it’s like to follow in the footsteps of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty – but sober. Along the way, he discusses ideas and interpretations of freedom with everyone he meets, from a man on the bus who’s just got out of jail in Jersey to an Indigenous Australian who wows a crowd of 50,000 people at a global AA conference in Atlanta. Nicholson compares his own experiences of excess, indulgence and freedom to that celebrated by the Beat writers, and explores what the chalk-and-cheese forces of Beat and AA might possibly have to learn from one another.
About the Author
Lennox Nicholson arrived at the end of his twenties with a desk full of unfinished stories, synopses, screenplays and a severe drinking and drug problem. Sobering up, he completed a Bachelor of Writing & Publishing at NMIT and an internship with Affirm Press. He lives in Melbourne, with no pets, no kids and no hangovers.
Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty drove all over the States for four years in search of that pearl of wisdom that would deliver them from the demons in themselves. Why didn't they find it? I had to find out for myself, if we were all looking for the same thing. I had to find out if the freedom they were
looking for was there all along, out on the road. Would I find something out there, or do I really need to just 'keep coming back'? - Lennox Nicholson