Re: Any auto free literary heroes yet?
- Not sure if this qualifies as literary heroism, but below are some
very funny haiku (or "honku") poems about cars, traffic, and the
absurdity of the American automobile experience. Please feel free to
forward these to friends. And write your own. The honku "movement"
and the book (Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road Rage) started on
lampposts in Brooklyn, New York. There's lots more here:
http://www.honku.org Funny stuff...
Our urban fabric
the cheap upholstery of
easy to see why Sherman
burned this city down.
Aggro tailgate man
next time make it a grande
That's right, nosepicker
the way you are in your car
is the way you are
The air in Houston -
too darn thick to breathe but our
sunsets look pretty
Let the forest burn
the Toyota Sequoia
continues to grow
little American flags -
the Saudis thank you
Is it profiling
to say, "Dude in the Hummer
is an idiot"?
Her Ford Explorer
on a never-ending quest
for a parking spot
of cars is stuck in reverse -
dinosaurs now rule
Seething in traffic
bike-borne I pass you each block
we do the same dance
traffic's much better
hope your Yukon Denali
doubles as a boat.
There are only three
types of drivers the insane,
the morons, and me
If you really love
America, hang that flag
on a bicycle
Ford, GM, Chrysler
zero-percent financing -
great deal: more traffic
- Great site. He's got a great blog, too:
----- Original Message -----
From: "fireplug" <fireplug_98@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 9:19 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Any auto free literary heroes yet?
> Have you heard about the "Honku" movement in Brooklyn, New York or
> the book that grew out of it? Check it out: http://www.honku.org
> This was/is a true moment of auto-free literary heroism... I'll post
> some of the honku poems next...
> --- In email@example.com, "Simon Baddeley"
> <s.j.baddeley@b...> wrote:
> > I was pondering some while ago how the problems on which "Carfree
> > focuses directly, emerge indirectly in contemporary literature -
> popular or
> > high brow. Reading Scott Turrow's "Reversible Errors" recently I
> note know
> > special animus against cars but there are frequent sideswipes at
> sprawl and
> > someone seeing a glimpse of a landmark building across acres of
> freeway and
> > references to the tedium of tract development enveloping what once
> was a
> > town.
> > How are people not against cars reacting to the architectural and
> > impact of autodependency without putting 2 and 2 together. How much
> will it
> > take for someone like that to make the links. Are there any
> > literary or TV heroes yet who don't drive at all or even don't like
> > Best
> > Simon
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- Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here
Myself and A Sunburnt Land. He may not be completely carfree, but he
often writes about the virtues of human scale development, walking
and the absurd dependence on automobiles.
- "dubluth" <dubluth@...> writes:
> I think the explanation of why we don't see explicitely car-freeThere's also another reason of course. The car companies, who are big
> protagonists on TV is the culture of TV writing and production. In
> fact in most work places in the USA, the person who doesn't reach the
> office using a car is the exception. Why would writers for the small
> screen even think of introducing a protagonist with an aversion to
advertisers, might not like it so much.
Bijan Soleymani <bijan@...>