Road Scholar by Andrei Codrescu
Coast to Coast Late in the Century

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The National Public Radio personality describes his coast-to-coast journey across the United States, discussing the beatniks, ex-hippies, and poets in New York's East Village, a drive-through wedding in Las Vegas, and other oddities.
 

About Andrei Codrescu

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Romanian-born poet and essayist Andrei Codrescu, who also utilizes the pen names Betty Laredo and Maria Parfeni, emigrated to the United States in 1966. Codrescu earned a B.A. at the University of Bucharest, and has taught at numerous academic institutions including Johns Hopkins, the University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University. Codrescu worked for National Public Radio as a commentator and has been featured on ABC News' Nightline. Some of Codrescu's short stories and novels include his first poetry collection, License to Carry a Gun and a memoir entitled In America's Shoe. Throughout the years, Codrescu has been awarded many honors including the Big Table Poetry Award, General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for poetry, editing, and radio. His titles include The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, The Poetry Lesson, and Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments.
 
Published April 16, 1993 by Hyperion. 194 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Romanian-born poet, professor (English/LSU), and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Hole in the Flag, 1991, etc.) drives from East Coast to West, nosing into the sort of lovably wacky Americana that's made the comparable dispatches of fellow wheelman/writer Charles Kuralt so popular.

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Publishers Weekly

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The Romanian-born poet and NPR commentator chronicles his colorful experiences while traversing the U.S. (Oct.)

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Publishers Weekly

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Approached by a TV producer to make a documentary about a drive across the U.S., Codrescu, Rumanian-born poet and commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered , declined.

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Los Angeles Times

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Andrei Codrescu is a 47-year-old Romanian-born immigrant who has lived in America since he was 20.

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Deseret News

"Road Scholar" is an offbeat effort from National Public Radio's wry commentator Andrei Codrescu, whose exploration here of America's subcultures is a witty and glib, if not particularly insightful, exercise.

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