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February 10, 2010
Washington, DC

"Stempel" by e_walk via Flickr ( / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Here in Washington, DC, we've been snowed in for what seems like forever. I've been thinking a lot about Dennis Lehane's observation that books make it possible to armchair travel. After googling a multitude of travel quotes this morning, I'm also realizing that many of the same observations that apply to travel also apply, practically word-for-word, to reading. With that in mind, here is an excerpt from the opening paragraphs of  John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley.

A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

Learn more about John Steinbeck and his novel The Grapes of Wrath on The Big Read website. To find out who's all aboard for The Big read near you check out The Big Read calendar.


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