These Are the Great American Literary Road Trips That Must Be Done
Atlas Obscura has a fine, fine collection of the literary road trips that every allegiance-pledging, rights-billing, literate American should know by heart.
Of course, “On The Road” is in there (Go Denver!), but how well do you know “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” route? “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” is required reading for any father — or son, but I never realized “Walk Across America” falls a little short of its intended goal.
Basically, what I’m saying is “Travels With Charley” just became my fall break road map.
The interactive map plots points across the country with points of interest and excerpts from the books.
Including the books mentioned earlier, 12 books are detailed on the map from Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” to Cheryl Stayed’s “Wild.” According to the author, books like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Grapes of Wrath” were left off the map because those tomes are more about depravity and deprivation, respectively, than the road.
The writer, Richard Kreitner, and map maker, Steven Melendez, should win medals for their efforts in meticulously detailing the books that shape our view of America, its roads and its characters.
[Source: The Verge]
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