"The concept of backpacker books goes back to the days of the hippy trail when travellers would carry such classics as the I Ching, the Tibetan Book of the Dead or anything by Herman Hesse. A backpacker classic should have an element of profundity, preferably mystical -if not it should have cult status or be a statement about who you really are. There is an element of self discovery in setting off - the path to enlightenment, the journey inwards...A backpacker book is not a 'beach read'--the book must be worth the weight and space it takes up and should be reverentially handed on to other travellers or left in a hotel or bus station for another seeker to chance upon."Bookride
has a list of Backpacker Classics
(via The Goat
'Scared' is totally becoming a Republican dog-whistle word.
"Any time I'm recognized and can't just walk around, I remind myself I haven't had a job in my life."--Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
"His own face stared up at him from a discarded copy of the Ann Arbor News
. He folded the paper over and smiled at a girl reading Kafka at another table. The corners of her mouth turned up briefly before she went back to her book. The photo in the paper had been a poor one to begin with, and he hardly resembled it now. He had shaved his head and bought a pair of drugstore reading glasses--black plastic frames and the weakest prescription he could find. He looked very much like every other man with a shaved head and glasses."--Harry Dolan, Bad Things Happen
Here's one of the reasons I love Toyota pickups: like most of 'em, mine has a sliding glass rear window. And I need to replace the latch. Looking for an old latch on eBay, I learned something. Between 1979 and 2000, Toyota updated the rear-window latch a couple times, but they never changed the drilling. So the window latches are interchangeable over a range of more than twenty years. A latch from a 1979 Hilux
will fit in a 2000 Tacoma
, and vice-versa. No planned obsolescence, no change for its own sake, just sweet sweet interoperability.
A lagniappe of cultural kitsch and B-movie claptrap