(On the Road in Literary America)
Errant writer Amy Halloran took a trip
from Seattle to Maine for four weeks in August, 1997. As Halloran hit the
road, Hot Ink asked her to take America's literary pulse. "Ask people
what they're reading," we said.
Thus, from August 8 through September 1, Halloran's road journal became a
continuing report on literary culture and roadside attractions.
Hot Ink's roving reader discovered that literature is
alive and well in America. The readers Amy Halloran encountered covered
a broad range -- from Gabriel Garcia Marquez and
Charles Frazier to
Anne Tyler and Mary McGarry
Morris. Amy Halloran also encountered readers everywhere:
dishwashers and waitresses who recited poetry, beach-blanket bimbos
with naked men and somnolent subway ri
ders who read blank books, and never missed their stops. Along the way,
Halloran also did a little self-discovery of her own.
Amy Halloran is a Seattle-based freelance writer known for her interviews
with national and internationally known writers. A previous online
Halloran road-journal can be read at Doomed Planet Magazine's Girl Jesus
travelogue feature. Halloran's current printed work can regularly be
seen in The Seattle Weekly, Hot
Ink and other publications in the Pacific Northwest.