o now it was the three of us driving to Seattle. Our book tour. We had seen an opportunity and we had made it ours. We had built a literature, crammed it into a van, and we were heading for the Rockies. Laptop in lap, writing our third Unknown anthologyour anthology of travel memoirs, written on the tour of the first two books: The Unknown: An Anthology, and The Unknown: Criticism, a book of essays written by us about our first book. Technological advances had cut out the middleman between writer and readersin effect eliminating the whole publishing industry. We were a celebration of that. And we were in a van looking for a campgound. I was in the back asleep dreaming of our fourth Unknown anthology: the The Unknown: Cookbook.
But there had been a flat tire. I sat up and stared at an American landscape we had not yet named, as the car wobbled to rest beside the road.
Dirk had been driving while Scott typed. I had fallen alseep in the middle of a hallucination and was unsure what was. Where are we? I asked. I dont know, said Dirk. I know, said Scott, typing. But he wouldnt tell us. I climbed out of the back of the van and looked around.
I realized that the tire needed to be changed and that the three of us, collectively, being academic professionals (not to mention the Hope of America), working together with the blaze of charisma and virtuosity that had so captivated our reading public, didnt know how to change a tire.
And the irony of this, it seemed then, against that mountainscape, invited us to drink and to write volumes. So on that deserted road with that sunset and that flat tire, we took turns writing on Scotts laptop. And we wrote so well that nobody would ever again need Homer.
at Illinois State University
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