[lit-ideas] Re: Bum literature

  • From: "Steven G. Cameron" <stevecam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 15:12:04 -0400

**From TV: _Then Came Bronson_ & _The Fugitive_.

TC,

/Steve Cameron, NJ

andy amago wrote:

> I was driving along the other day listening to oldies.  The song was
> King of the Road by Roger Miller about the drifter.  While neither
> demonizing nor glorifying the difter, the song nevertheless ascribed
> no redeeming qualities to him at all.  In the many "traveling songs"
> or road literature such Kerouac (sp?) one gets the sense that these
> are young, ultimately upwardly mobile people going through a phase or
> searching for the perfect wave, etc..  Likewise in Don Quixote the
> protagonist is on a mission.   Roger Miller, however, is singing
> about an out and out bum.  I wondered at that point about other bum
> literature.  Not the Joe Hill-type high minded working class but
> unredeemed bums.   The only character I can think of is the Ratzo
> Rizzo character from Midnight Cowboy.  Possibly Huckleberry Finn and
> Jim, who drift fairly aimlessly.  Is there, in fact, a literature
> around the dregs of society?  Trainspotting perhaps (the movie)?
> 
> 
> Andy
> 
> 
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