August 1, 2007

Mini-review: "Blue Highways," by William Least Heat-Moon

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Blue Highways, by William Least Heat-Moon
Blue Highways: A Journey into America (book; 1980)
By William Least Heat-Moon

The classic hippie travel tale of a shrinking rural America, far from feeling dated Blue Highways seems to become more and more relevant with each passing generation. Heat-Moon (a professor at my college, the University of Missouri, in the '80s when I was a student) traveled the country in the 1970s taking only the "blue highways" of his antique road map -- the non-interstate back roads, that is. What he found was a cultural America rapidly disappearing, being replaced with the ka-chings of a million McDonald's and Wal-Marts even then. An important book, one worth reading, that happens to be wickedly funny at points too.

Out of 10: 8.5

Filed by Jason Pettus at 4:24 PM, August 1, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |