Lighting Out for the Territory

I’m midway through the current Fight Club selection, Promised Land by Jay Parini, and had to post on this emerging theme of “the road story.”  Sure, there’s the obvious clues of Huckleberry Finn and the Journals of Lewis and Clark, but it occurred to me that the “road story” is an allegory for our national character.  We are on the road, heading toward the promised land, for greener pastures, just over the horizon.  We took a wrong turn with the misadventures of Iraq and credit default swaps, but we’re heading back to the main road now.  We were going too fast, and probably shouldn’t have had those tacos.  But, it’s out of our system now – we’re moving on down the road.

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