Travels for the Seriously Curious was written while my family and I drove a meandering 20,000 km in a converted 1984 Dodge Van. The book visits the Mississippi juke joints of the Bible-Belt in search of authentic blues. It drinks Budweiser with the KKK, argues the merits of Wal-Mart and the conspiratorial theory of evolution with Mormons. It lives large in New Orleans then vomits in a Cessna over Texas. Then to Mexico and mountain pass brake failures, psychedelic cowboy parties, and an authentic striptease in a silver mine. It then turns north to grapple with spiritual vertigo in the slot canyons of Zion, a canoe trip over drowned cities, a tangle with a high and lonesome ghost before touching a petroglyph on a rocky Lake Superior shore.
The book is about the place where living, writing and travel meet - a place where ideas, dreams and actions get along. It's about the curriculum of the road and about becoming its student. It is about unpacking the creative process and discovering what the pen and the road share with life. The book challenges limitations and romances potential. It pulls on the tangled knot of fear and prejudice that twists in the heart, and rolls out the map of the America that shapes us. While it is full of humorous insights about music, art, geography, and history, it is also an action packed travel thriller loaded with quirky philosophical investigations about living within and around the American Psyche.
I believe that Travels for the Seriously Curious will appeal to a varied community of readers. It is entertaining for those who love a funny and thoughtful narrative full of adventure and cool ideas. It is instructive for anyone with a romantic soul who feels hemmed in by the day-to-day world of institutions, politics, relationships, and jobs. It is useful for those who are looking to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.