Three Kinds of Motion

Three Kinds of Motion

Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways

Book - 2015
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In 1943, Peggy Guggenheim commissioned a mural from Jackson Pollock to hang in the entryway of her Manhattan townhouse. It was the largest Pollock canvas she would ever own, and four years later she gave it to a small Midwestern institution with no place to put it. When the original scroll of On the Road goes on tour across the country, it lands at the same Iowa museum housing Peggy's Pollock, revitalizing Riley Hanick's adolescent fascination with the author. Alongside these two narrative threads, Hanick revisits Dwight D. Eisenhower's quest to build America's first interstate highway system. When catastrophic rains flood the Iowa highways with their famous allure and history of conquest, they also threaten the museum and its precious mural. In Three Kinds of Motion, his razor-sharp, funny, and intensely vulnerable book-length essay, Hanick moves deftly between his three subjects. He delivers a story with breathtaking ingenuity.
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9781936747900
Branch Call Number: 813.54 HAN 2015
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 20 cm


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Jul 27, 2015

"Three Kinds of Motion" is a book that the reader hopes the disjointed themes will come together as a coherent whole, but they never do. It rambles, it is replete with digression upon digression. I finally realized that more enjoyment would be found by reading the prose aloud. But most of my reading is done on mass transit, and my fellow passengers would not be amused. It is akin to reading Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" to yourself instead of reading it out loud. The only difference is that "Three Kinds of Motion" employs actual words.

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