Our seminar leader was Mark scholar Ched Myers. I did not know what a gifted preacher he was until I arrived.
Even more important, though, has been its ongoing role in speaking to those concerned with the tensions between community and diversity, the continuing struggle not only to preserve the past but to be open to its lessons, and, above all, the importance of bearing witness to what is beside the road.
This time, however, rather than making a horizontal journey across and around America, Least Heat-Moon makes a vertical journey within a single tract of earth, Chase County, Kansas, exploring a landscape where supposedly nothing has ever happened--where, ironically, an interstate passes through the county, but there are no access ramps.
Here, Least Heat-Moon journeys in and out of the landscape of ravine and cattle, stone and grass, men and women living now and in Chase County's past. The issues in this discussion are many-the complexities involved with being alive to diverse cultures, the threats to many fragile communities and heritages within America, the connections between fiction and non-fiction, the problems with American beer.
Throughout, the subject of defining America and the individual journeying through it is of paramount concern. Do you think this is true? I suppose for any book that's true. Potentially, writers draw upon everything that's happened to them, at least the things that they remember.
In that general way, what your friend says is true. More specifically, I'm not so sure, but it would be accurate to say that from about or '48 on-I was seven or eight-I began riding around the country with my father and began getting a sense of what could happen on American highways: Howard Johnson's was the franchise, and we went to see it because it was a franchise and thus a novelty.
Why don't I take off in a truck someday and circle the country? Would you care to elaborate on that? If it's true that a person has three good ideas in a lifetime, I think I've had two.
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I'm still looking for that third. The first two came close together in One was that I might be able to go from coast to coast and stay on the back roads-the highways marked in blue on the old Rand McNally maps-keep away from federal routes and see what the country really looked like from coast to coast.
Originally the tour idea started out with county roads, but I soon realized it wasn't feasible to cross the country on them. The other idea was that there was a blank spot on the map, in the Rand McNally, in Kansas, and in the center of that blank spot there's a town called Cottonwood Falls.
I fell in love with that name, the idea of it. It was in a region called the Flint Hills, another name I liked. I've also been intrigued all my life with the word "Kansas" and the kinds of things that people conjure up when they hear that name.
So I felt I'd like to write something about this little blank spot in east central Kansas in tallgrass prairie, centered around Cottonwood Falls. Also, when I was teaching composition to freshmen, I grew desperate at one point and wrote a sample theme for them, saying "this is one way you can approach your topic.
I didn't hear anything till two years later. The editor had found it in a stack of junk, and decided to publish it.Blue Highways is an autobiographical travel book, published in , by William Least Heat-Moon, born William Trogdon.
Summary In , after separating from his wife and losing his job as a teacher, Heat-Moon, 38 at the time, took an extended road trip in a circular route around the United States, sticking to only the "Blue Highways". Blue Highways is an autobiographical book by William Least Heat-Moon, born William Trogdon.
In , after separating from his wife and losing his job as a teac. These readers will include, first and foremost, Blue Highways fans and readers of nonfiction in general, but I firmly believe this this is a book that should be on the shelf of every writer and widely adopted by teachers of creative nonfiction.
Blue Highways is an autobiographical book by William Least Heat-Moon, William Least Heat-Moon, the byname of William Lewis Trogdon (born on August 27, ) is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage ancestry.
William Least Heat-Moon also has an Anglo name. " Blue Highways" is more than just an autobiographical road novel – it contains innumerable aspects of the ‘American road culture’, ranging from ethnical problems and the undeniable importance of diners to the true significance of road literature.
Blue Highways has 18, ratings and reviews. Scott said: What a huge disappointment. I am predisposed to enjoy this kind of book. I love to travel 4/5.