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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

On the Road: The Mississippi and Davenport

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On the Road: Davenport, Iowa


Blogger typingelbow said...

I've only seen her in four places that I can remember... New Orleans, Memphis, near Vicksburg and St. Louis.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

To understand Huckleberry Finn, you have to realize that the River is a character in the book.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Michael L. Hess said...

This is very true!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I crossed the big Mississippi in Rock Island also, like Sal, though circa 1983. It still looked the same to me as how Kerouac described it.

I was on the beginning leg of my first cross country journey after high school. I remember when crossing it thinking "I'm now in the West". Of course it was actually the Midwest, but for this eastern born and bred boy, West was close enough.

I felt the same giddiness that Sal felt when he realized he was almost in Denver.

8:08 AM  

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