Torgo would like to remind you that our RiffTrax Live: “Manos” the Hands of Fate is TOMORROW at 8:00pm ET/ 7:00pm CT and tape delayed 7:00pm MT/ 8:00pm PT. Be sure to get there 30 mins early for our pre-show trivia! http://bit.ly/J3g4r0
Jack Kerouac Original of the Day: Jack Kerouac began shopping his second novel, On the Road, in 1952, complete with a cover he designed himself. Publisher A.A. Wyn received the sketch with a little note typed at the very top:
Dear Mr. Wyn:
I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book. The cover for The Town and the City was as dull as the title and the photo backflap. Wilbur Pippin’s photo of me is the perfect On the Road one … it will look like the face of the figure below.
Wyn rejected both the novel and the cover idea. On the Road finally was published in 1957 and went on to become a bestseller with all manner of covers – save Kerouac’s original idea.
Damn Nature U Devastating of the Day: Powerful thunderstorms ripped through the mid-Atlantic region overnight Friday, causing 12 deaths and leaving more than three million homes and businesses without power. The National Weather service clocked winds consistently between 60 and 80 miles per hour, with outages affecting areas as far away as Indiana. Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area were hardest hit, with six deaths and 1.3 million homes and businesses without power.
The massive power outages couldn’t have come at a worse time for a region — and nation — mired in a historic heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures have crippled much of the United States, and the National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for 12 states, from Arizona to New Jersey. Storm and heat-related deaths have also been reported in New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Maryland.