Least Heat-Moon is a magician. How anybody could take a county in Kansas and turn it into a fascinating, edifying, educating read is beyond me. But he did. You don't have to look far to get the feel that this book is a work of art. The cover itself is gorgeous. I remember reading the book gingerly because to damage the binding by opening it too wide would be tantamount to desecrating high art.
There's really no way to classify this book. It is part travelogue. Part interviews. Part anthology...more
What inspired me to read this? Well, I had heard it mentioned favorably, along with Blue Highways (which I will have to probably get). I saw it at a thrift store for $2:00. I ...more
that it's "several inches thick but curiously enjoyable at a leisurely pace."
I went back to it in October and browsed in it
for a couple of weeks, soaking up the liveliest
mix of geography and history I've ever read, and
it was all about one county in Kansas! Fabulous
combination of archival research, personal inter-
views, and a walking acquaintance with the land.
Nice finding out how his "Blue Highways" came
So much so that I am open to reading pretty much anything if it’s said well, even if other elements of writing – such as a plot and a point – are lacking. I've often said that I would be happy to read the back of cereal boxes if the content was written well. Just last night I saw that very word-picture used also by Don DeLillo in White Noise, where he invented an academic department at Fictional U devoted to the practice.
Even for me, though, a 600-page ...more
William Least Heat-Moon, byname of William Trogdon is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry. He is the author of a bestselling trilogy of topographical U.S. travel writing.
His pen name came from his father saying, "I call myself Heat Moon, your elder brother is Little Heat Moon. You, coming last, therefore, are Least." Born in Kansas City, Missouri, ...more