‘The Nationwide Highway’ Explores A Altering America From The Floor
Tom Zoellner made his first real trip in July 1987. A native of Arizona then enrolled at the University of Kansas, it was his first time in eastern Kansas. He drove east on the I-70 with no real incidents, arriving at St. Louis. Louis in his time to see the firefighters explode on the Mississippi.
Coming out of Poplar Street, I stood up illegally and ran to the water, touched the river I first saw, walked through a crowd of people in the park, knocked on the red wall of the Arch, and listened to the wife of vice president George HW Bush speak briefly to the crowd, shouting ‘Happy Birthday America!’ in the end, ”he recalls.
And he went on. In Illinois I climb Great River Road, as well as through Hannibal before returning to Kansas. He did not stop sleeping.
This trip, Mr. Zoellner writes, was not an event that took place more than a decade later, “the first event I tried to keep. He moved to another college, became a journalist, wrote seven books and was employed as a professor at the University of Chapman in Orange County, California. But touring the country by car and on foot remained a challenge, the only way to explore the United States was to use their resources.
This concern looks to the back of Zoellner’s new book, “The National Road: Dispatches From a Changing America.” The fourteen inscriptions within it are not transcripts such as a journey to the unstable spirit of the nation: What unites us, what divides us and what lies between the beautiful coastal cities.
In this book, Zoellner returns to St. Louis to explore the meaning of “town” in the explosive city and after the time of Michael Brown. He travels to Spillville, Iowa, to discuss President Trump’s plans to emigrate, as well as a few Czech residences where Antonín Dvořák spent a week. They visit several signs of the Church of Latter Day Saints, including the Temple Lot outside Kansas City, which Joseph Smith believed was the original location of the Garden of Eden. (They also visit Smith’s arrest, in Carthage, Illinois.) They try to climb the tallest mountain in every 50 countries because – well, should there be a bigger reason? This is an author who loves an open path.
Zoellner discussed his trip to St. Louis. Louis on Air Monday. He explained that his first road trip was to St. Louis. Louis by accident. But the fact that he was heading east did not come about by accident. Growing up in Arizona, “East cities seemed magical to me…. These were places I read, but I never saw them.”
And to him, St. Louis never lost his appeal.
“I think we all like to look at the interviews we grew up with,” he said. “When I come back to Tucson, Arizona, my part is like, ‘Look at this wonderful place. But something about this amazing American continent still benefits every time you see it from a new perspective, and every time I come back to St. It also has that part. in Cahokia, or in the industrial cities of Illinois, or even in the city at night.
“St. Louis on the Air ”brings you St. Louis are the people who live, work and make our community. The film is produced by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The architect is Aaron Doerr.