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Writing Travel

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by cLeave a Comment

Fiction or nonfiction?   And yet,  still,  the telling of a story from a distance,  from a vantage point,  or from the privilege of having experienced the time of depression whether first or second-hand.   The voices of Nelson Algren, in his story, Somebody in Boots and of Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory differ and merge in interesting ways. Algren’s Somebody …

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Transient Women

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Greta1 Comment

The afterword of Sister Of The Road calls Bertha Thompson a “symbol of humanity” (204)..but I’d say she’s a symbol of human flaw and confusion. Boxcar Bertha is a dualistic character because on one hand she is the product of a failed system, and is addicted to life on the road, but on the other hand, she is passionate about …

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Reclamations

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by EllisLeave a Comment

“If God was ta do what’s right,” a heavy man said, “he’d give all of these here peaches an’ cherries, an’ oranges, an’ grapes, an’ stuff to eat, to th’ folks that are hungry. An’ for a hungry man to pray an’ try to tell God how to run his business, looks sort of backwards, plumb silly to me. Hell, …

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Helping Hands

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Nancee1 Comment

Something new has come up in this batch of readings that I haven’t really seen yet: social support, if not some semblance of friendship. Although Kromer discusses his brief interactions with people, he never cares for any of them. Writers like Anderson, Rorty, Asch, etc. never wrote about those people who not only helped along the way, but also held …

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Money and Morality

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Karishma SondeLeave a Comment

Reading Boxcar Bertha’s “autobiography” was really interesting, as the morality complex that appears so often in the other works rises here, too. Bertha gets let go from so many of her social work positions because she has a “social disease” (not 100% sure what that means) and a criminal record. But as she—and so many others that we’ve read—explains, it’s …

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Days Gone By

In Travel novels, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Mark Joy1 Comment

Similarly to the discussion we had in class today about the idea that Kromer’s novel, Waiting for Nothing, having biographical elements in it, that seemed apparent in Nelson Agren’s novel, Somebody in Boots, and also in Woody Guthrie’s novel, Bound for Glory. I’m not sure how much of these novels are autobiographical, but to some degree they both evoke that …