Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings

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Jean Lindamood, Jean Lindamood Jennings
Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings is: a delightful, eclectic look at all things automotive. Including fiction, journalism, and poetry, it offers such classic voices as Ernest Hemingway during his newspaper days, John Steinbeck and his search for America (accompanied by his French poodle, Charley), and the wonderfully witty S. J. Perelman, whose letters to the neighbors tells of a disastrous cross-country voyage by car to California.

The good-ol'-boy world of stock-car racing travels to deepest France with hysterical consequences in Bob Ottum's "Heck, Mes Amis, It's Only Ol' Cale"; Hunter S. Thompson and his three-hundred-pound Samoan attorney terrorize tourists on the Strip in Las Vegas from their red Cadillac convertible; and P. J. O'Rourke tours Mexico in a ridiculously monstrous metallic-silver Lincoln Continental "mushbucket". Also included are works by Jim Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, Dave Barry, and David Halberstam.

Whether fact or fiction, playful or contemplative, the selections in Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings comprise a riotous anthology that fully explores our love affair with the automobile.

 

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Contents

The Freedom of Wild Ducks
11
How the Car Changed America
15
As Animals
22
A Fascination That Was
27
Juan Manuel Fangio
34
The Man Who Could Do Everything
48
A Letter
60
Heck Mes Amis Its Only 0l Cale
63
Back Door Beauty and Finally a Bit of Serious Drag Racing on the Strip
157
Streaked
161
Log of the Earthtoy Drifthumper
165
Slow Down and Die
173
ROn the Horns of a Dilambda
176
On the Road
180
Night Driving
183
Not from the Back Seat
187

Tragic Superhero of American Racing
74
Stand on It
86
Out of Control
99
Followers
104
History of the Studebaker Corporation 18521923
109
The Bugatti
114
Car v Bike
125
One Fake Ferrari
132
Down the Hatch
142
Rex Harrison Memorable in Amateur Driver Role
149
Wilf the Wheelman
152
Car Prestige
193
My Brave New Face
196
Hiro Yamagatas Holy Ghost XX Century Automobiles
203
Border Patrol
209
Travels with Charley
220
Ruth and Augustus Goetz
239
The Great GP Trek
242
On the Road
250
Acknowledgments
255
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About the author (1998)

P. J. O'Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 14, 1947. He received a B. A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the magazine National Lampoon, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. He received a writing credit for National Lampoon's Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase. In 1981, he left the magazine to write screenplays including Rodney Dangerfield's Easy Money. He contributes regularly to several magazines including Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The American Spectator, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Weekly Standard, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of 20 books including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, All the Troubles in the World, Don't Vote! - It Just Encourages the Bastards, and How It Got That Way (And It Wasn't My Fault) (And I'll Never Do It Again).

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