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Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
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Mar 23, 2011

it was amazing
Read in March, 2011

this is a poetically written, sparse-yet-beautiful memoir of a brokenhearted man traveling america's back roads, hanging out in small towns and talking to random people. each chapter is really short, but full of beautiful, odd and stunning lines. i liked it for that, and also because i'd like to go on a journey like that, but i can't: i don't know how to drive. i've travelled the country extensively before, but it's always been on a bus or in a car with other people, never driving aimlessly by myself, sleeping in the back of a van. also, i am not a straight (passing-for-)white gender-conforming man, so i feel very othered and uneasy in smalltown america, where people still gawk. but mr. heat-moon takes us on this journey with him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
this book was published in 1982, the year i was born. i wonder how many of the small towns, strange roadside diners, and signs of life that he wrote about are gone.

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message 1: by Timothy (new)

Timothy this sounds good! i hope the library has it. unrelatedly, i also don't know how to drive, and while i used to have a collection of friends w/out licenses (mostly philly and nyc natives), as i near 30 and one by one they finally get their licenses, i wonder if i will ever learn?

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