Or: Person reads book, has life changed.
I don’t remember exactly when I read American Gods (written by the incomparable Neil Gaiman) for the first time. What I do remember, however, is that the book was not only very entertaining, but it drew very deeply on mythology, which is something I’ve always had a soft spot for. Also, many scenes in the book happen to take place at various roadside attractions (both real and imagined by the author).
I have always been interested in roadside attractions. When I was a boy, my family went on a two week long vacation to the western part of the United States, with Estes Park, Colorado being the ultimate destination. Among the places we visited: Pike’s Peak, Wall Drug, Garden of the Gods, The Badlands National Park, The Kit Carson County Carousel (which is the oldest carousel in Colorado), The Mitchell Corn Palace, Mount Rushmore, and many more whose names elude me at the time of writing (I’ll update this post if I remember more). Of course, we ate at many local restaurants during the trip – always a fun thing to do, and certainly worthy of coverage here.
Roadside attractions are a unique part of the history of the United States. There’s something about them that is a part of our identity, part of our soul as human beings. In American Gods, one of the main characters posits the idea that these sites are places of power, and that, in other places in the world, these would be where cathedrals or other holy sites would be built. Americans transformed them into something else, something uniquely us.
And so, the purpose of The Twice-Lost Geek is to go visit these places, to share them with you, and to celebrate something Different. I’ll be taking video, recording podcasts, capturing pictures, and writing articles.
Have a suggestion of a place I should visit? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org