Route 66

Why Do I Write? I Just Figured It Out.

You I-40? The old Route 66? When you're headed west, maybe as far as Holbrook AZ or someplace like that. There's a red cliff with big plastic eagles and mountain goats glued to it, and an "Indian Trading Post" down below, with a buffalo in a cave. You know that place?

I walked in there one day and the man working inside suddenly cried out, "I can't take this shit no more!" That was great, but even greater was the female cry from the back room: "I can't take this shit no more too!"

Thanksgiving Dispatch

Let us give thanks for peculiar things. The other morning, driving down old Route 66, I came across a huge tumbleweed sitting in the middle of the road in the heart of the ghetto. Cars were mincing around it like nervous coyotes. And I wondered: Where did it come from? Did it just blow on up 66 from Tucumcari? Or, over on Roosevelt in a big empty lot with chain link fences and knee-high weeks and a glitter of broken bottles, there's a giant plaster alley-cat. He sits there, staring out at the rundown street. Turns out he's an abandoned prop from some television show.

Thanksgiving Dispatch

Dear Amigos and Loyal Readers, Thanksgiving: I could say thank you for two weeks solid. So I was driving to work last week, on my way to be the Official Writer that students can hang out with. From Naperville to Chicago, it takes about an hour and a half. I drive down our big cross-street, which is Ogden. Ogden is also, for much of its length, Route 66. You can imagine how much I enjoy it -- The Atomic Bitchwax on the stereo, the endless happy Route 66 sights bringing me small joys. The old patches of 1950s woods and meadows left between mini-malls and car dealerships.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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