So he took off on a bicycle for a year-and-a-half odyssey across the United States, traveling through Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the Pacific Northwest, dipping into Mexico and finishing in San Francisco. Along the way people would confide intimate stories. “In a strange way they would become novelists,” he said.
The bike ride took place early on in his career, when he was “modeling himself” on Jack Kerouac. The stories he heard on that ride stayed with him ever since. The NYT has published an excerpt of his book. It’s based on the people of New York and 9/11.
Readers, how about you? Written a great American novel on your bike?…
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