Thursday, March 29, 2012

Breakfast at the Exit Café: First Take

Thoroughly enjoying Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America (Vancouver, B.C.: Greystone Books, 2010, 2011), an on-the-road memoir by Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds, two Canadians roaming highways and byways in the post-9/11 USA.

Here's how the accompanying website markets it:
'Put two writers in a car for a couple of months and what do you get? Breakfast at the Exit Café, the story of a trip around the rim of America, against the tide of history and literature, on roads travelled by Steinbeck, Kerouac, Trollope, and Simone de Beauvoir."

This husband and wife team alternate sections, which livens things up.  Their observations are pointed, often snarky and therefore hilarious -- even (especially?) when they're wrong about certain details. This is a case study in trying  to figure out how things work from the outside: they hit some nail heads right on, miss the mark on others. Either way, makes you think. That's part of the fun.   

Today's Rune: Journey.

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