A Journey Into AmericaeBook - 1982
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Discusses the author’s travels, exploring towns along America’s back roads.
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For a state whose name is "mountain", Montana shows thousands of miles of level prairie. I've read that if all of the space within the atoms of the earth were pressed out, the planet would have a diameter of three hundred twenty-eight feet -- not even the distance of a good major league homerun. I don't know whether it's possible to believe that figure, but I do know if you're driving across Montana you'll never believe it.
I had an aneurism removed, and I just ain't the man I was. I can abide that, but take you, you're a stranger, and all you see is a seventy-six-year-old man. I wasn't always like this. That's what hurts -- people forget what you been.
She asked about the trip, especially about Selma and how things were as I saw them. "A white man griped about changes, and a black said there weren't enough changes to gripe about.
Why smoke what's no taste to it? Same as them light beers and whiskies: no flavor. Americans have just got afraid to taste anything. You ask me, sir, it started with oleo. Or maybe the popalation got scared by them mouse spearmints wheres they give a mouse a needle-shot of a substance ever day until he dies a cancer. Nosir, my advice is to life your life.
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