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Great American road novels/movies

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by WaylonJennings, May 9, 2007.

  1. I think "Little Miss Sunshine" is definitely up there now.

    I'm thinking about starting a road novel, so any suggested reading from the learned, cultured masses here?
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Grapes of Wrath
  3. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    All the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby road movies......

    Easy Rider would come to mind for me.
  4. ifilus

    ifilus Active Member

  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Wasn't there a documentary made about Ken Kezie (SP?) and the Merry Pranksters a while back?
  6. Matt Foley

    Matt Foley Member

    Dumb & Dumber.

    "Big Gulps huh? Well, see ya later."
  7. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Non fiction road books that I enjoyed:
    Blue Highways -- Classic about traveling the back roads of America
    Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend
    One for The Road -- Tony Horwitz' book about driving across Australia
  8. Bill Horton

    Bill Horton Active Member

    I had the Blue Highways author as a teacher in J-School. What an arrogant crumudgeon.
  9. JR

    JR Active Member

    Don't say that. Blue Highways is probably my all time favourite travel books.

    I think to be a good travel writer, you have to be a curmedugeon. Look at Paul Theroux. Great, great writer but by all accounts one of the biggest pricks in all of humankind
  10. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    As long as we're moving into non-fiction, as I recall much of Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test takes place on Furthur's cross-country trip.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    As far as road movies, Wim Wenders is the undisputed König.

  12. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Travels with Charlie is a good one by Steinbeck. Blue Highways was also a very good read.
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