[lit-ideas] Re: Bum literature

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 16:26:12 -0500

Yes, Carol, I've been trying to think of the name of that novel all day.  

Mike Geay

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From: "carol kirschenbaum" <cskir@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2004 3:56 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Bum literature


> 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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