Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Six favorite road books: Ted Conover

Ted Conover’s new book is The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today.

For The Week magazine, he named six favorite road books. One title on the list:
Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe

What John Berger’s Ways of Seeing did for traditional oil painting, this book does for roads and landscapes: It helps you to understand what you’re looking at, from the layout of towns to the placement of electric lines to the distance between street and dwelling. It’s a reminder that, even in a young country like the United States, we live in the past. And it’s an argument for going outside and opening your eyes.
Read about the other books on Conover's list.

Also see: John Leland's favorite road books.

--Marshal Zeringue