Archives: American Road

Back on the road, in a literary sort of way; libraries; and writing advice from Elmore Leonard: newsletter, Dec. 21, 2018

December 24, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: American Road, books, journalism, newsletter, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,962) on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.     The Christmas holiday season, Hannukah, the winter solstice, the beginning of the college football bowl season — they all collide for the next couple of weeks, provoking an increase in shopping, singing, television watching, and • Read More »

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Sinclair Lewis and the Great American Freedom of travel

November 28, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: American Road, books, journalism, writers, writing.

Few novelists have explored the American mind and character as deeply and perceptively as Sinclair Lewis, who in 1930 became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The freedom of movement — the ability for Americans to travel — is, according to Lewis, one of the most important parts of the American • Read More »

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Paul Revere, road warrior and speed king

August 15, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: American Road, history, journalism.

File this under The American Road, History Division. Paul Revere, we all know, is famous for riding through the night of April 18-19, 1775, spreading the alarm “to every Middlesex village and farm,” letting everyone know that the British Army, too, was hitting the road, and things were about to turn nasty. (More on that • Read More »

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The American Road: The Boots Motel: a Route 66 restoration

August 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: American Road, journalism, Missouri.

If you were a traveler along the famous Route 66 in the late 1940s and you wanted a first-class place to stay the night, you couldn’t do better than the Boots Court Motel in Carthage, Missouri. Not only would you have a room with the most modern conveniences — a “radio in every room,” they • Read More »

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