Literary Road Trip PhotoEssay

Archer City, TX, Home of Larry McMurtry's "Booked Up"

The tradition I was born into was essentially nomadic, a herdsmen tradition, following animals across the earth. The bookshops are a form of ranching; instead of herding cattle, I herd books. Writing is a form of herding, too; I herd words into little paragraph-like clusters.

--Larry McMurtry

What is a literary road trip, anyway?

Describe it here


traveling to an author’s roots, hometown, or other connection to see and experience the landscape that either inspired a book and/or an author. It helps to get one out one’s comfort zone.


Examples and goals of ones I would like to take.


There is also the literary genre of books and articles about road trips--either fictionalized accounts or non-fiction essays and books. These are within the genre of travel narratives, I would think. The exact taxonomy escapes me at the moment, but I would love to explore these further!


inspired by both the book

Recent trip to Archer City store, the proximity, a bit of wanderlust, and viewing of Peter Bogdanovich's Last Picture Show.


Book curator as mentor. We are influenced by what others read and it can affect our own tastes and preferences.


Links about the author: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/books/review/larry-mcmurtry-by-the-book.html?_r=0

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Larry McMurtry, Booked Up

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