American Interior: The Quixotic Journey of John Evans'

American Interior: The Quixotic Journey of John Evans'

by Gruff Rhys

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780241146019
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

GRUFF RHYS is known around the world for his work as a solo artist as well as singer and songwriter with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, and for his collaborations with Gorillaz, Mogwai, Dangermouse and Sparklehorse amongst others. The latest album by Neon Neon, Praxis Makes Perfect, based on the life of radical Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, was recently performed as an immersive live concert with National Theatre Wales.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Act 1 The Year of the Tiger 7

Principal Characters 9

1 Of the Improbability that I would Ever Encounter a First Nation American Sagebrush Ritual in the Canton District of Cardiff 11

2 The Life of a Musician and the Cosmic Omnipresence of Gwyn A. Williams 13

3 The History of Imperial Wales 17

4 Time Travel at Cowbridge Coffee Franchise 22

5 Iolo Morganwg 25

6 Ieuan ab Ifan: The Early Years 29

7 Harnessing the Bull's Head 37

8 Sans Culottes? 41

9 The Felt Mistress 44

Act 2, Part 1 On the Trail of John Evans 49

Principal Characters 51

Letter of Introduction Concerning John Evans, from Iolo Morganwg to J. Pritchard, Printer and Bookseller, Philadelphia 53

1 Baltimore by Boat 55

2 Philadelphia Arrival 62

3 Return to Pennepack 66

4 The Lost Civilization of Beula 68

5 The Interventionist Dentist and the Pittsburgh Promenade 75

6 Fort Pitt 82

7 The Magical Mayor of Rio Grande; or Most Likely: Golf and Freemasonry in Liberal America 85

8 Cincinnati 89

9 The Brandenburg Stone of Kentucky 95

10 The Genesis of Don Juan Evans 101

11 New Madrid to Kaskaskia 108

12 St Louis and the Incarceration of John Evans 115

Act 2, Part 2 A Left Turn at St Louis 123

Principal Characters 125

1 The Missouri River, aka the Big Muddy 128

2 In Celebration 132

3 A River Journey Through Missouri, the Show-Me State 138

4 Open-Air Concert, High on a Chalk Bluff 146

5 Northward Bound 151

6 The Impassioned Heart of Omaha, Nebraska, 'the Most Inebriated State in the Americas' 154

7 The Battles of Dennis Hastings 161

8 Unicorns of the Wild Frontier 167

9 The Longitude and Latitude of Chief Jean Evans (Francophile River-Man and Spanish Chief of the Rocky Mountains) 174

10 Lost Tribes 182

11 Arrival at the Mandan Villages 186

12 An Imagined Winter Western 193

13 Ice Fishing with Cory Spotted Bear 197

14 An Imagined Western Continued 203

15 Doughnuts with the Last Speaker of Mandan 212

16 The Big Thaw and the Vaporization of John Evans's Dream 218

17 Lost for Words at the 4 Bears Casino 221

Act 3 Void is Infinity 233

Principal Characters 235

The Letter 237

1 Turn Back in Onward 247

2 Madness and Mosquitoes in Gin-Soaked Nueva Orleans 253

3 French Quarter to Four in the Mourning (Sorry) 259

4 Dispatch from the Archivo de Indias, Seville, Spain 2013 269

Epilogue 280

Appendices 283

Map of John Evans's Journey to the American Interior 284

Letter from John Evans to Samuel Jones 287

Trade! The American Turn-on 289

Mackay's Instructions to John Evans 293

Notes on Terminology by an Ignorant European Traveller 301

Acknowledgements 303

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