Road Trip Lit #2

A 7-hour, 460-mile drive on I-90 from coastal Washington got me to Wallace, Idaho and a campground next to a pub, to which of course I repaired, forsaking camp ramen. It had been an easy drive except for the kid in a beat-up pickup truck driving the wrong way on a bridge in Kellogg, Idaho, in a 75-mph speed zone. You never saw cars scatter [...]

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Road Trip Lit

When you think about a road trip, what comes to mind? A sizeable corral of literature beckons—Steinbeck, Kerouac, Pirsig, Wolfe, Bryson—hey wait, where are the women writers? Is Thelma and Louise our only touchstone, complete with its Freudian cliff-plunge ending? No. There are plenty of good women writers writing interesting travel and adventure books, but you have to google the topic to learn who they [...]

By |June 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Best Worst Opening Lines

Compilations of best first lines in novels abound on the internet, and they usually include Call me Ishmael. (Herman Melville); and, Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez); and, 124 was spiteful. (Toni Morrison); and sometimes, a prosaic favorite: You are about to begin [...]

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Life is Long, Wit is Short: The Value of Satire

I don’t know about you, but for me, reading news headlines lately is like watching reruns of Ren and Stimpy inviting the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to watch Discovery Channel host Paul Rosolie deliberately get swallowed whole by an eighteen-foot anaconda, with subtitles. I mean, it’s nuts, but the anaconda thing really happened. And so did these: A woman boarded an airline [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

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Thanks for visiting my web site. (It went live today.) Please feel free to sign up for the occasional email (with emphasis on "occasional.") I write about boundaries. They mark edges, limits, endings, beginnings. Behaviors. Barriers. Something personal, or physical, or solid or liquid, something you can observe, stay within, cross. We follow measured, known landscapes to their edges, and sometimes we hunger to see what’s over [...]

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments