[lit-ideas] Re: Bum literature

  • From: "carol kirschenbaum" <cskir@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 13:56:50 -0700

And from William Kennedy, _Ironweed_ .
>ck

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> 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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