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Reunite the States of America

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Frank ChengLeave a Comment

For Americans, road is a dignified existence. Cars and roads aren’t just transportation means. They are the sources of happines, symbols of speed and loneliness that Americans yearn for when this blessed nations has been filled with similar humans beings trying to realise their American Dream. On the road, people see things they don’t know, they look for their own definitions …

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From Dust to a Silver Lining

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Spencer CarleLeave a Comment

Sherwood Anderson had the wonderful quality of being able to see the silver lining of even the darkest of hardships during his travels through 1930’s America. Whether through the mining towns and dust bowl of South Dakota or the volatile politics of the country, Anderson always seems to come to the same level headed and optimistic conclusions. Echoing the latent …

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Ethereal Knowing ; Hopeless Disconnects ; Solitude

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Andrew KarpanLeave a Comment

Imploring no more modernist a hope than to “watch people and talk to people,” (Asch, 7) and thankful as they make themselves to the “dozens and scores” (Rorty, 9) that they carefully yield authorship, Messrs. Anderson, Asch, Rorty, etc. do their best to not let their characters come in the way of the 1930s ennui that saturates their work. Sherwood Anderson, say, …

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America Finding its Way

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Jessie Cao1 Comment

When the American pride that it has the highest living standard in the world vanishes, when the American dream turns into a bubble that’s more illusory than daydream, when the prosperous capitalism ceases to bring prosperity; America loses its identity that’s always identified by the Americans, and leaving its people confused. In “Revolt in South Dakota”, Anderson observes the anger …

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Occupy the Dust Bowl

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Jack1 Comment

The concept of a better life is at the core of American values, in terms of what drove people to America, and what supposedly continues to drive America forward.  In his book, Where Life is Better, James Rorty pokes holes in the idealism everyday Americans place into the fantasy of these elusive concepts.  Everyday Americans during the Great Depression seemed …

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A Cynically Optimistic Perspective

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Alessandro Harabin1 Comment

What really struck me about Sherwood Anderson’s Puzzled in America was the distinct dichotomy between cynicism and belief. Although many Americans were cynical about the economic state of the country during this time, Anderson is clear in reminding us that their belief is not lost. He touches upon his surprise in Revolt in  South Dakota when he visits a small rural town: “ …

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Rediscovering America

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Net Supatravanij1 Comment

It would seem that one discovery of America is simply not adequate; for a country so vast and so complicated, American writers during the Great Depression felt an unsettling need to re-learn about the country they called home. For a majority of great writers, experience is key for inspiration, or in this case, accurate portrayals of reality. Anderson, Asch, Caldwell …

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Meaning through Suffering

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Ruben Zaccaroni1 Comment

The writers deciding to go out ‘into America’ wanted to not only discover and display the Great Depression as a social, cultural, economic event, but through it they desired to find something else: the spirit of America. Sherwood, Asch, Caldwell and Rorty all set out with this objective of discovering that underlying spirit. Something about the Great Depression as a …

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‘Wandering’ and its Nuances

In 1. Writers on the Road, The Travel Habit by Aroushi1 Comment

“Americans with the means of traveling do not know how to travel.” Amidst the many intertwining sub-themes, this quote fashions my overall interpretation of the readings. Contrary to the modern-day construal of “travel” – involving an accelerated, often-rushed, movement from place to place – travel writers, such as Sherwood Anderson and Nathan Asch, offer a more profound definition to the …