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

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

by W Scott Olsen
     
 

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.  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874807493
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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