Literature often describes places we are curious about, regardless of whether we know them or not. This blog maps the journeys laid out in selected books and offers reflections corresponding to the various stops. Happy traveling!

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I was born in Eureka, California and adopted when I was 2.  I grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated high school in 1982.  I finished a BA in English at Santa Clara University, and then did two years of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in inner-city Milwaukee.  I lived in Milwaukee from 1986-1995.  I got married in 1995 to Megan Kamerick and moved to San Antonio, Texas where I worked for a non-profit organization while I picked up an MA in International Relations at St. Mary's University.  In 2000, I started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of New Orleans and we lived there until 2004.  Megan accepted a job in Albuquerque 2004, and we have lived there up to the present.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 and am currently working at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

On the Road: Iowa City

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On the Road: Iowa City, Iowa


Blogger Steve said...

This is a very interesting comment on the road system of the US as it pertains to small towns. I too read Blue Highways and was fascinated by William Least Heat Moons determination to travel only on the roads that offer the real bird's eye view of America.

To this day, when my family takes its yearly vacation down to the Outer Banks (or Emerald Isle)of North Carolina, when driving down route 17 or 168, for some reason my car always veers off onto the local highway that runs through the downtowns as opposed to the dreaded bypass. My wife groans every time, but I insist because I 'need' to see how things are in these towns. I hate skipping them, you never know what you might miss.

One good thing is now my kids expect these little detours and cry out "Yeah, we're turning off the bypass!" (It helps that I brainwash them with promises of stops at whatever fast food joints they desire. Oh well, not purely Kerouacian, but ya gotta make some concessions in life, right?)

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