This week’s a very special episode of the podcast as we hit the road for the Conversations and Connections writing conference in Pittsburgh. To make the episode thematically appropriate, we read a Paul Theroux essay from Smithsonian Magazine called “Taking the Great American Roadtrip.”
We talk about what separates interesting travel writing from boring travel writing. What do we, as readers, want from a travel piece? We also talk about our own experiences with road trips, and our different tolerances for long stretches in the car.
If you want to read Mike’s essay about driving across the country, you can do so here. We’re not saying it’s better than Paul Theroux’s, but maybe it’s better than Paul Theroux’s?
Also on tap this week: What books did a young Tom McAllister keep on his nightstand? And what posters were on the walls of his college dorm room? And do people still like the book On the Road? And, if so, what exactly is wrong with those people?
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