Summertime is humming along at full tilt, and if you’re anything like us, you can hear the open road beckoning in the July breeze. That’s right, ’tis the season for the great American road trip, and luckily it’s never been easier to blend your warm-weather wanderlust and year-round bibliomania into one amazing August adventure. Atlas Obscura – the “definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places” – has undertaken the “painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in America’s road-tripping literature.” The result is an “obsessively detailed” interactive map that charts the cross-country routes of 12 books including Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. For those short on vacation days or gas money, it’s a great way to take a literary road trip from the comfort of your couch or cubicle. But if you can… live a little. Roll down your windows, crank up the tunes (or – in this case – the audiobooks), and hit the actual highway with Atlas Obscura as your guide. You can’t let Sal Paradise have all the fun.
New York Public Library has acquired author Tom Wolfe’s archive, including materials for his novels, letters from friends Hunter S. Thompson, William F. Buckley and Gay Talese, works of journalism, and interviews with “historically significant figures like the test pilot Chuck Yeager.” Library president Anthony W. Marx called the archive “amazing”, saying: “His work touches on so much of the sociology of the city. Now this acquisition makes all of his material public.” The collection will probably be opened to researchers by next summer. Read the entire NYT article here and check the EPL catalog for works by Mr. Wolfe.