Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Quick Takes: In an effort to finally review some books I’ve read in the past year, I’m gonna throw these posts up on the blog in a shorter form.
Blue Highways is what I wanted On the Road to be, but didn’t even know it. Heat-Moon travels around the continental US, choosing to only use the small highways, avoiding major cities and coming across unique characters in all these small towns. It’ll make you dream of the 80s, complete with your own beat up van to live out of for the next year or so.
Although his writing is quite different than Kerouac’s it was still wonderful–both simple and lyrical. There was a sense of the spiritual throughout, but without being too pushy or critical of any faith. I think the tone of this narration is exactly what the story needed, and was the perfect embodiment of Americana, or what Americana should be. If you long to dive into a (not ideal, but) true picture of what once was, maybe still is, give this a go.