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Blue Highways

Author : William Least Heat Moon
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'When Least Heat-Moon lost his job in a college in Missouri, he got a half-ton Ford van, packed a few necessaries, including Leaves of Grass and Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks, and set out to follow the track of various ancestors and write a book about America. The book is called Blue Highways and it is a masterpiece ... Least Heat-Moon has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves, exploring their lives, capturing their language, and recreating little (or big) worlds, or moments. In short, he makes America seem new, in a very special way, and its people new. Blue Highways is a magnificent and unique tour.' Robert Penn Warren 'Least Heat-Moon is a witty, generous, sophisticated and democratic observer. His modesty, his subtle, kindly humour, and his uncanny gift for catching good people at good moments makes Blue Highways a joy to read.' Annie Dillard

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS

Author : William Least Heat-Moon
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Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited

Author : Edgar I. Ailor
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Media Kit In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, “The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity – but for how much longer who can say – and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us. Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon’s original trek. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to Blue Highways).

Foraging Along Blue Highways

Author : Christopher Allan Davis
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Modern humans originated in Africa ~200-300,000 years ago (ka) during the Middle Stone Age (MSA; ~320-45 ka), and during this period developed complex foraging behaviors that facilitated their later expansion out of Africa and across the world. Studying early human behavior in the MSA is therefore critical to understanding how modern humans adapted to diverse environments and refining current models of human dispersal out of Africa. Previous work has provided valuable insight into MSA behaviors, but important questions remain, and additional data from sites sampling diverse habitats are necessary to understand the full range of MSA behavioral variability and test hypotheses about late Pleistocene human behavioral evolution and dispersal. This dissertation uses faunal remains from SM1 (> 40-60 ka), an open-air site located in NW Ethiopia, to investigate human behavior during the late MSA. Ongoing excavations at SM1 have recovered thousands of lithics and faunal remains deposited over multiple seasons of occupation at a time when seasonality and aridity in the region were at least as extreme as today. Zooarchaeological and taphonomic analyses make it possible to reconstruct site formation processes and human foraging behavior, and document diverse terrestrial vertebrates, fish, and mollusks at the site. Taxa present include bovids, suids, primates, hares, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, as well as multiple families of catfish, and several cyprinid and cichlid fish genera. Taphonomic analyses document abundant evidence for human accumulation of terrestrial fauna and fish, and moderate damage by non-human agents and processes. Results indicate that foraging behavior was seasonally structured, with an emphasis on hunting small-to-medium-sized terrestrial prey and regular fishing and aquatic foraging during the dry season. Comparative data from MSA sites in Ethiopia, Morocco, and South Africa indicate that taphonomic signatures from SM1 are most similar to other open-air sites, and quite different from cave sites, and suggest caution when interpreting human behavior at open-air sites based on criteria derived largely from caves. Results offer valuable insight into late MSA human behavior in this understudied region of the Horn of Africa, and provide a taphonomic baseline for future studies of open-air MSA sites in Africa

Maps for America

Author : Morris Mordecai Thompson
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Broadcasting Cable

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Jukebox America

Author : William Bunch
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The author recounts his journeys throughout the United States, in search of the ideal jukebox and the treasures of old popular, rock, and country music it would hold

Masterplots II

Author : Frank Northen Magill
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A digest of plots and critiques of 318 twentieth century nonfiction works "in the areas of autobiography, memoirs, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and other subjects for the non-specialist reader"--Publisher's catalog.

Great Plains Quarterly

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Rediscovering Steinbeck

Author : Cliff Lewis
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Nine revisionist essays that challenge the notion that the Nobel Prize winning novelist John Steinbeck was a realist and a mystic, arguing instead that he was a humanitarian and a great intellectual.

Adventist Review

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Writing on the Edge

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Rendezvous

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Restaurants Institutions

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American Indian Biographies

Author : Harvey Markowitz
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American Indian Biographies consists of 391 alphabetically arranged essays containing biographical sketches on figures in North American Indian history, extending from the arrival of European colonists on North American shores to the early 21st century. American Indian Biographies examines the lives of those American Indians who are the most widely studied in secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Profiled here are historical, religious, social, and political leaders, warriors, and reformers, as well as contemporary activists, writers, artists, entertainers, scientists, and athletes.

The Highway Magazine

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Books in Print

Author : Bowker Editorial Staff
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The Distance to the Moon

Author : James Morgan
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An evocative celebration of the American love affair with the automobile chronicles the author's odyssey across America, from Florida to Oregon, by car and the people and places he encountered along the way. Reprint.

The Atlantic

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Popular writing in America

Author : Donald McQuade
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