Today I was inspired to look up my very favorite William Least Heat-Moon quote. If you do not know who he is, he is an excellent travel author. He’s from Missoura. His commentary on that situation:
“A Missourian gets used to Southerners thinking him a Yankee, a Northerner considering him a cracker, a Westerner sneering at his effete Easternness, and the Easterner taking him for a cowhand.” –William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways.
Now, if I denied you links to Heat-Moon’s writings after that appetizer, I’d be a cad:
Blue Highways (circling the nation away from freeways)
PrairyErth (an intensive study of my family’s county in Kansas)
Roads to Quoz (a search for stuff out of the ordinary)
River-Horse (he boated across America, at least all but 70 miles of it)
Columbus in the Americas (historical study of the old slaver)
Heat-Moon can seriously write, and has a quirky style that comes at the situation from angles others would not see. I love editing travel narratives, have written my own, and I get how difficult they are. They are even harder to do very well.