Blue Highways

The book is called Blue Highways and it is a masterpiece .

Blue Highways

Author: William Least Heat Moon

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780712667159

Page: 432

View: 760

'When Least Heat-Moon lost his job in a college in Missouri, he got a half-ton Ford van, packed a few necessaries, including Leaves of Grass and Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks, and set out to follow the track of various ancestors and write a book about America. The book is called Blue Highways and it is a masterpiece ... Least Heat-Moon has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves, exploring their lives, capturing their language, and recreating little (or big) worlds, or moments. In short, he makes America seem new, in a very special way, and its people new. Blue Highways is a magnificent and unique tour.' Robert Penn Warren 'Least Heat-Moon is a witty, generous, sophisticated and democratic observer. His modesty, his subtle, kindly humour, and his uncanny gift for catching good people at good moments makes Blue Highways a joy to read.' Annie Dillard


Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first ...


Author: William Least Heat-Moon

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826273254

Page: 176

View: 332

Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.


This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color.


Author: Edgar I. Ailor

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826219691

Page: 322

View: 293

Media Kit In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways. A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, “The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity – but for how much longer who can say – and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us. Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon’s original trek. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon’s characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon’s cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon’s logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon’s approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the “blue highway”—“But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day or night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself” (Introduction to Blue Highways).

Exploring Blue Highways

Detailing an examination of language, literacy and school reform, this work provides an inside view of how teacher research and reform can positively change both teachers and students, making then better readers, writers and learners.

Exploring Blue Highways

Author: JoBeth Allen


ISBN: 9780807734742

Page: 230

View: 853

Detailing an examination of language, literacy and school reform, this work provides an inside view of how teacher research and reform can positively change both teachers and students, making then better readers, writers and learners.

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

Blue Highways fits in with the other books of this study in that trauma and loss
motivate Heat-Moon to embark on his trip, and in Refiguring that his subsequent
literary act of writing the self through writing oth- the Map ers accomplishes his
grief ...

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

Author: Mark Christopher Allister

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813920658

Page: 199

View: 204

This study brings together the genres of autobiography and environmental literature. It examines a form of grief narrative in which writers deal with mourning by standing outside the text in writing about the natural world, and inside it in making that exposition part of the grieving process.

Neck Tales

Blue. Highways. I've. been re-reading a book called Blue Highways. It was written
in the early 80s by William Least Heat-Moon ... The title comes from the old
highway maps, where the main routes were printed in red and the back ones in

Neck Tales

Author: Thea Marshall

Publisher: Brandylane Publishers Inc

ISBN: 1883911869

Page: 120

View: 536

Contains stories first broadcast on NPR.

Fresh Air Fiend

And I think most people , reflecting on the silence since Blue Highways appeared
in 1982 , believed - and who could blame them ? — that William Least Heat -
Moon ' s excellent book would not have a successor . Yet that had also struck me

Fresh Air Fiend

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618126934

Page: 466

View: 698

The travel writer shares his essays on a host of his favorite destinations, including Hong Kong, Maine, Africa, and the Pacific islands.

Seagulls And Camels

THE BLUE HIGHWAYS BOOK And then there was the Blue Highways book,
which Ireadlastof all. Of the twelve books we bought, I wound up reading
itlastbecause it just didn't seem tomethat it promised much. Bythe timeIfinallygot
around to ...

Seagulls And Camels

Author: Douglas D. Hubbard

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450098207

Page: 502

View: 116

Seagulls And Camels, And Other Tales That Touch The Heart is a delightful montage of a lifetime of stories, reflections, and observations by the author on his way to becoming an octogenarian (a person who is in his eighties). It is a feel-good book for replaced, unhurried, recreational reading, and readers will appreciate the author's intentional avoidance of politics, gloom and doom, confrontational or divisive issues of any kind, or the advocating of any sort of "causes". This book is for sheer time-out enjoyment.

The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia

Proverb “the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a
beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” —William
Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways In 1825, when William Hart lit the streets of
Fredonia ...

The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia

Author: David A. Waples

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078649154X

Page: 377

View: 702

The large scale, practical uses of natural gas were initially introduced by innovators Joseph Pew and George Westinghouse for the steel and glass industries in Pittsburgh, and local gas companies evolved from individual wells to an interstate supply network acquired by Rockefeller’s Standard Oil interests. Natural gas is now a prevalent part of American markets and with the production from the Marcellus shale is filling the critical void left by a lack of new coal, oil, and nuclear power facilities. This vital American enterprise began in the Appalachian states as an accidental and underestimated byproduct of the oil rush of 1859. This book explores the evolution and significance of the natural gas industry to the present day.

Tales From The Trips

Blue Highway, Red Rocks From Bandelier's ancient ruins, the highway passed
through pine forests and red rock tribal lands. smoke from a prescribed burn filled
the forest air. Hazy skies turned clear blue as we drove west. Fiery red rocks ...

Tales From The Trips

Author: Robert J. Bresky, Jr.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462019641

Page: 152

View: 437

Back Cover Copy: What Authonomy authors and readers are saying about Tales From The Trips: --You Rock! --Great story-telling --Fun read --Amusing --Well crafted and polished --Fascinating --Conversational tone --Warm and compelling

Collected Poems

November 8, 1985 inspired by Blue Highways, William Least HeatMoon and after
Robert Burns' “My Heart's in the Highlands” Went a travelin' long time ago Now
don't go no place no where to go. Been a travelin' long time gone. Pack no bags ...

Collected Poems

Author: Joseph Ceravolo

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819573426

Page: 596

View: 441

Like an underground river, the astonishing poems of Joseph Ceravolo have nurtured American poetry for fifty years, a presence deeply felt but largely invisible. Collected Poems offers the first full portrait of Ceravolo’s aesthetic trajectory, bringing to light the highly original voice that was operating at an increasing remove from the currents of the time. From a poetics associated with Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery to an ever more contemplative, deeply visionary poetics similar in sensibility to Zen and Dante, William Blake and St. John of the Cross, this collection shows how Ceravolo’s poetry takes on a direct, quiet lyricism: intensely dedicated to the natural and spiritual life of the individual. As Ron Silliman notes, Ceravolo’s later work reveals him to be “one of the most emotionally open, vulnerable and self-knowing poets of his generation.” Many new pieces, including the masterful long poem “The Hellgate,” are published here for the first time. This volume is a landmark edition for American poetry, and includes an introduction by David Lehman.

Teaching Multiwriting

RESEARCH WRITING AS A KEY TO THE HIGHWAY blue veins of highways on
the American map in his car , then back into print in Blue Highways . This chapter
discusses research writing as a method of intellectual movement that takes ...

Teaching Multiwriting

Author: Robert L. Davis

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809327546

Page: 226

View: 364

This innovative volume proposes a reinvention of composition and rhetoric training with multiwriting, an alternative, open approach to composing that spans genres, media, disciplines, and cultures.

Rediscovering America

REDISCOVERING AMERICA LeastHeat Moon did the same bywriting Blue
Highways, but the journey itself provided the order. To miss the journey by
thinking only of the destination, the traveler “misses about all he's going to get...a
man ...

Rediscovering America

Author: Brian W. Fairbanks


ISBN: 141163389X

Page: 92

View: 753

What is an American? Our diversity makes us unique. It also makes us strong. But from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Ronald Reagan and James Baldwin, those born and raised in the land of the free share some common traits. Who exemplifies and who betrays America's promise? The three controversial essays in REDISCOVERING AMERICA ("America and the Perfectibility of Man," "James Baldwin: Loving and Leaving America," and "The Pattern American") examine the character of the United States as expressed in the writings of Crevecoeur, Benjamin Franklin, James Baldwin and other significant American figures. A history lesson as sophisticated as it is succinct.

The Audacity of Hops

Ex-Navy, with a PhD in English from the University of Missouri, he had crafted a
bestselling memoir in the early 1980s called Blue Highways, about traveling
America's back roads after he lost his job and his estranged wife on the same
winter's ...

The Audacity of Hops

Author: Tom Acitelli

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613743963

Page: 416

View: 662

Charting the birth and growth of craft beer across the United States, Tom Acitelli offers an epic, story-driven account of one of the most inspiring and surprising American grassroots movements. In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. Now this once-fledgling movement has become ubiquitous nationwide—there's even a honey ale brewed at the White House. This book not only tells the stories of the major figures and businesses within the movement, but it also ties in the movement with larger American culinary developments. It also charts the explosion of the mass-market craft beer culture, including magazines, festivals, home brewing, and more. This entertaining and informative history brims with charming, remarkable stories, which together weave a very American business tale of formidable odds and refreshing success.

Uneasy Rider

... though it's still out there somewhere on those blue highways , always the blue
highways , and the author is setting out in his beat - up vehicle to retrieve this
authentic culture for the deracinated rest of us . John Steinbeck admitted the bias
in ...

Uneasy Rider

Author: Mike Bryan

Publisher: VNR AG

ISBN: 9780679416715

Page: 349

View: 863

The author of If at First offers an entertaining, insightful travelogue on life on America's interstate highways, detailing the people and places that he encounters as he heads west across Texas, through New Mexico and Arizona, to the City of Angels. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

The Power of Maps

Our highway maps, almost to the last, serve up pavement in a smorgasbord of
colors: red, blue, yellow, black, brown, ... We don't distinguish blue highways from
rivers because their signifiers are a little wider and a little less sinuous, but ...

The Power of Maps

Author: Denis Wood

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9780898624939

Page: 248

View: 922

This volume ventures into terrain where even the most sophisticated map fails to lead--through the mapmaker's bias. Denis Wood shows how maps are not impartial reference objects, but rather instruments of communication, persuasion, and power. Like paintings, they express a point of view. By connecting us to a reality that could not exist in the absence of maps--a world of property lines and voting rights, taxation districts and enterprise zones--they embody and project the interests of their creators. Sampling the scope of maps available today, illustrations include Peter Gould's AIDS map, Tom Van Sant's map of the earth, U.S. Geological Survey maps, and a child's drawing of the world. THE POWER OF MAPS was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design.

Ready 2 Go

He would cover more than 13,000 miles of United States highway before his
return home. Moon didn't travel on ... Blue Highways became the title of the best-
selling book about his experiences on America's back roads. Along the way
Moon ...

Ready 2 Go

Author: Randy Fishell

Publisher: Autumn House Publishing

ISBN: 9780812704594

Page: 124

View: 559

Ready to Go! contains 15 power-packed interactive presentations designed to draw participants deeper into Gods word. With engaging yet simple-to-prepare activities to break the ice, each presentation explores such topics relevant to youth and young adults

Leanings 3

The. Blue. Highways. O. ne of the certainties of life is that if you make a doctor's
appointment two months in advance, it will land on the worst possible day. And
so it was last summer, as I was mapping out my backroad scenic route from our ...

Leanings 3

Author: Peter Egan

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760346429

Page: 304

View: 744

"Cycle World Columnist Peter Egan shares his tales from the road, motorcycling philosophy, and keen observations about the two-wheeled life in this fresh collection of motorcycle musings delivered in his signature wise but amusing style"--

Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina

... 96 “Blue Country Rising” (Stephenson), 210 “Blue Heron” (Lautermilch), 315–
16 Blue Highways (Least Heat-Moon), 316–17 Blue Scorpion: Poems (Fay), 283
–84 Board, Jeri Fitzgerald, 148–49,148,156, 157 Boating, rafting, and tubing, 41,

Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina

Author: Georgann Eubanks

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469607034

Page: 384

View: 165

This concluding volume of the Literary Trails of North Carolina trilogy takes readers into an ancient land of pale sand, dense forests, and expansive bays, through towns older than our country and rich in cultural traditions. Here, writers reveal lives long tied to the land and regularly troubled by storms and tell tales of hardship, hard work, and freedom. Eighteen tours lead readers from Raleigh to the Dismal Swamp, the Outer Banks, and across the Sandhills as they explore the region's connections to over 250 writers of fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, Georgann Eubanks brings to life the state's rich literary heritage as she explores these writers' connection to place and reveals the region's vibrant local culture. Excerpts invite readers into the authors' worlds, and web links offer resources for further exploration. Featured authors include A. R. Ammons, Gerald Barrax, Charles Chesnutt, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Kaye Gibbons, Harriet Jacobs, Jill McCorkle, Michael Parker, and Bland Simpson. Literary Trails of North Carolina is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.