Passing Gas: And Other Towns Along the American Highway

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Ten Speed Press, 2003 - Photography - 140 pages
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“Explaining how to find her café in Gas, Kansas, Bonnie Steward said, 'Come down Route 12, but if you blink, you'll pass Gas.'” Gas isn't all you'll be passing if you come along for the ride with author Gary Gladstone on a cross-country road trip across the U.S.A. With camera in hand and the penchant for the unexpected, Gladstone captures a photographic portrait of small towns with unusual names and the folks who keep them on the map with their (admittedly offbeat) civic pride. You'll meet bar buddies Don, Ron, and Flakey Jake from Goofy Ridge, Illinois; stop in at the mechanics shop in Nothing, Arizona, to confirm that Nothing really does sit in the middle of nowhere; and be regaled with colorful stories from the locals of Boogertown, North Carolina, about how the town got its name. So jump in the backseat of the car and get ready for an honest slice of apple-pie America, chock full of myths, legends, and laughs.• Gary Gladstone received the 1999 Award for Visual Excellence from the Image Bank, one of the nation's leading photo agencies.

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SHAME on GOOGLE: I am the author of this book. It took 5 years and a lot of pure heartfelt dedication to drive the 40,000+ miles and pay many thousands of dollars from personal savings to produce this project of the heart. I was lucky to find a good publisher to help me recover some of the expense. (Projects of the heart can be devastating to the wallet).
Now The "Do no harm" folks at Google have stolen all the copyrighted content and exposed every detail, laugh and painfully produced editorial portrait to public view with absolutely no compensation to the author. Does it help sales? Not likely. Most viewers will just look at the photos, have a chuckle and move on.
This kind of "full frontal content nudity" is an obscene exploitation that punishes content providers in a thinly disguised attempt at offering information while gathering bigger audiences for Google's pages so they can collect from their page advertisers. The poor author us left out of the revenue stream while the author enjoy's no payment at all.
This is theft, pure and simple.
Gary Gladstone
©2009
 

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I am the author of this book. It took 5 years and a lot of pure heartfelt dedication to drive the 40,000+ miles and pay many thousands of dollars from personal savings to produce this project of the heart. I was lucky to find a good publisher to help me recover some of the expense. (Projects of the heart can be devastating to the wallet)
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Now The "Do no harm" folks at Google have taken all the copyrighted content and exposed every detail, laugh and painfully produced editorial portrait to public view with absolutely no compensation to this author. Does it help sales? No. It actually discourages purchasing the book because viewers think, "Well, I've seen this now. I don't really need to buy it." likely. Usually viewers will just look at the photos, have a chuckle and move on.
This kind of "full frontal content nudity" is an obscene exploitation that punishes content providers in a thinly disguised attempt at offering information while gathering bigger audiences for Google's pages so they can collect from their page advertisers. The author and owner of this work is left out of the revenue stream. I'm not getting paid for the use of my work, but Google is.
This is theft, pure and simple
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Gary Gladstone
©2011
 

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GARY GLADSTONE has worked as a professional photographer for publications such as the New York Daily News, Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post. He is a popular lecturer and panelist who uses humor to entertain and inform his audiences. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

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