Gravity, the Allure of Distance: Essays on the ACT of Travel

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For the past decade Scott Olsen has been traversing the American continent - and occasionally crossing an ocean or two - to witness what most of us overlook in our rush to get from "here" to "there." The result is this collection of wry, literate essays on the act of travel, exploring the indispensable stories that live in every mile of the journey.
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For the past decade Scott Olsen has been traversing the American continent - and occasionally crossing an ocean or two - to witness what most of us overlook in our rush to get from "here" to "there." The result is this collection of wry, literate essays on the act of travel, exploring the indispensable stories that live in every mile of the journey.
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Any successful travel writer must come to terms with tourism, or his writing will suffer. Olsen (English, Concordia Coll.) has not done so-he uses the word tourist mostly as an epithet, as if said through clenched teeth-so perhaps he has no desire to become a travel writer. Yet all of us travelers are tourists, not least a man who admits to eating at McDonald's as often as Olsen does. Aside from his hang-up with folks and their cameras, Olsen often overwrites, trying to foist meaning on objects without any and conclusions where none are needed. Too much here is "sacred," too many things "spiritual." He quotes Thoreau but doesn't take his advice-simplify, simplify. The beauty should reveal itself, and there is indeed some beauty here. The best writing comes when Olsen is close to home. He dresses up the otherwise bleak Minnesota, North Dakota, and southern Canadian plains nicely-he knows the land, and it shows. These literary travel essays are recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with large travel collections.-Travis McDade, Ohio State Univ. Lib., Columbus Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874807493
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Essays on the Act of Travel 1
The Love of Maps 5
An Advent Nature 23
Departures 35
At the Hangi 45
So Far for Home 61
Gravity 83
A Tourist's Petition 109
Banff in a Day 121
The Lolo Pass 143
Road Notes 157
The Joy of Beginning 163
Pointed Home - 1991 181
Dust and Gravel, Beauty ad Dreams 211
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