A father-and-son love story set against epic backdrops and overlooked places After Ron Franscell’s divorce, he feared he was the continuing link in a long chain of estranged fathers. But when the author and his teenage son embark on a road trip to the Yukon to seek out a macabre... read more
“Fantasies require more concentration than simple escapes.”Author
“<Matt’s> not talking about needs like air, water and sleep. He’s not even talking about sex. He is ruing the misalignment of small stars, wrong places and right times, songs out of tune, losing the road. I want to tell Matt that I know how it feels, but maybe it’s best to let him think he’s the first guy to ever get his stars crossed. And I want to lead him through the looking-glass, where left and right is swapped but not up and down, where being needed is more necessary than needing, where needing to be needed, well, that’s just weird. Anyway, there’s plenty of road ahead to sort it out.”Author
“Night means day. Son means father. Dead means alive. Sure, it is alcological, but I have grasped some of my best paradoxes, I think, under the influence. I might give you a thousand examples of it, but I recall practically nothing except that Zen lunatic Kerouac suddenly makes sense when he writes about the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the people exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” ... And why Kerouac shows up at this moment of madness, I haven’t a clue, except maybe this will be recalled forever as the night Matt and I went mad together.”Author
“It turns out there's a brittle line between being completely free and being completely lost.”author
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