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Here, there, elsewhere : stories from the road
Heat Moon, William Least.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little Brown and Co., [2013]

Physical Description:
xi, 402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
In this collection of short writings selected by him from 30 years of magazine articles, the author draws together for the first time his greatest short-form travel writing including his funny and touching adventures in Japan, England, Italy, Mexico, Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more. In these pages we find him beside the Sea of Japan, sitting with men whose memories of war are both fresh and ancient; searching for the real Yoknapatawpha County; pondering the disappearance of twenty-seven ancient Mayan scrolls and the broader meaning of extinction; investigating the oddities of Long Island, New York; and recalling the infiltration of Thanksgiving dinner by a possible eyeball belonging to a half-blind Indian. Looking beyond the roads familiar, we encounter him searching for rare books and lost moments on the England-Wales border; conveyed by the Delta Queen down the great Mississippi River; heading beyond Poker Jim Ridge in rural Oregon in search of desert and desertion; exploring prehistoric monuments on the Orkney Islands in Scotland, and everywhere throwing away his compass as all true wanderers should. He even eats a smoked cisco.
General Note:
Includes index.
Thitherward -- The here within there -- Dosojin -- Up among the roadside gods -- Second draft -- A glass of handmade -- Putting legs back on a story -- A little tour in Yoknapatawpha County -- A conducer -- Oysters and American union -- Yucatán -- The nose of Chaac -- Beyond cross-purposes -- Crossing Kansas -- All knowledge human and cosmic -- Out east on the North Fork -- A dust ball under the bed -- Of time and a river -- To explain delight -- With a good stick in hand -- The Manichean -- The old land of misfortune -- In the guise of fiction -- The last Thanksgiving of Whispers-to-Hawks -- Approaching the ineffable -- Prairie and plain -- To go solo -- A fallen yew, an oaken pillar, a forgotten birch -- The great miscellaneous -- A residue of history -- Prolegomenon -- Not far out of Tullahoma -- A new order -- Designing a corporate potlatch for the next century -- A trio of postcards -- Just south of Ultima Thule -- Sounded by trumpets silent -- Writing PrairyErth -- The 3,170th county -- The smoked ciscoes of Gitche-Gumee -- The Because-It's-There Association -- A land for the resolutely curious -- Anchovies and olives -- Morning in Manarola -- Something of a firefall -- Wandering Yosemite -- One sweet talker -- Into the antipodes -- A criminal to remain anonymous -- On the Staked Plain -- Assonance from the upper Missouri -- The pencil makers -- Why do it so often (and in so many ways) -- The classic American road trip -- Bipedal kaleidoscopes -- Pictures from the West Country.
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