Friday, March 15, 2013

Travel Reading

I haven't written here in months, because I've been focusing on traveling and writing and life and things. But I couldn't stay away for that long, you sexy thing. So, here I am. Hey.

I took about a month and a half off of everything and went on a road trip across the US with a friend - to Colorado, New Orleans, LA, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle. Everywhere. But there was a lot of road time, so I still listened to and read a lot of things. I brought On the Road by Jack Kerouac with me and made it through about half of it on the trip, a lot of the time in the same places as Kerouac (reading about Denver as soon as we were getting into Colorado.) I loved the way he always met people on the road and heard their stories, because that's kind of how it was for us. Meeting deep sea fishermen in NOLA and strangers on porches and being invited to a Mad Men party by someone at an Austin concert. It's one of the things I love most about traveling, the unexpected people you meet and places you end up.

We also listened to Into the Wild on audiobook before we stopped in at Slab City, which was actually one of my favorite places to see on the trip. In the book (and movie) it's this desolate place, and yeah it kind of is. But it's also really, really artistic if you go to the right area. There were sculptures made out of garbage and notes written on phone booths. And an entire mountain some guy decided to make because he wanted to. Sure, they were probably on a lot of drugs, but they could make some good art.

I also read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn on the trip, which we picked up from a friend's house we'd stayed at. It was entirely demented and incredibly well-written. I'd never read anything by her before, and the synopsis sounded like something I would never ever in my life pick up. (A journalist goes to a town where there's a murder, blahblah heard it before.) But it's so different from anything I'd ever read, with such a twisted gruesome outlook on things, that I loved it.

Anyway, that's what I read on my trip. I've read a lot since then, too, which I'll probably be writing about on here soon because I have a lot of reading feels about them. Until then, wishing you lots of coffee and good books.

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  1. Sounds like you have a cool and happy life Chelsea. And we do loves to travel, too. Wish you all the luck for all your blogging efforts.

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  2. I've been wondering where you've been! So glad to hear about your exciting travels. NOLA is one of my favorite cities. Great food, great people!

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