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Rolling Nowhere Riding the Rails with America's HoboesIn Ted Conover's first book now back in print he enters a segment of humanity outside society and reports back on a world few of us would chose to enter but about which we are all curiousHoboes fascinated Conover but he had only encountere Part anthropologist part immersion journalist part social critic though with I think a uniue idealism and a uniue realism Conover strikes me in this his first book as a stubborn gifted curious meditative young man beginning to shape a passion and a narrative approach that has lasted all these years Rolling Nowhere reveals him as someone who will to to great lengths to write from a position of insider though he does so without ever losing sight of his social and cultural positioning in the larger picture of his life One thing that struck me in Rolling Nowhere and also in reading about his work as a guard in Sing Sing is his willingness to risk losing himself completely as he works to understand all the mechanisms at play in a given setting or situation It is almost as if he is very lovingly taking apart a broken yet magnificent watch and crawling inside it and settling in with its gears until he can barely distinguish himself from the ongoing activity He allows himself to feel the brokenness camaraderie pressure and desire of the investigated world but never taking his eyes off the larger structures at work or his own privileged positioning From what I can gather he tends to investigate extreme circumstances and to really look for the driving social emotional and economic forces at play After diving or hopping into the world of the American hobo whether or not citizenship is granted all of the people he encounters in this book are living a hobo life in the US Conover finds communities of people and solo fliers who don't fit into any kind of American mainstream He values their incredible resourcefulness knowledge and skill They may not be living in a well understood or broadly accepted way but they have found some way to take care of themselves a way to live in a world that often doesn't have much to offer It is painful to see Conover struggling with uestions that go something like this am I could I become a life long hobo? Could I get lost in this world? He discovers that there is an almost mystical wall one crosses in order to live as a hobo And when he crosses to the other side he is no longer seen by outsiders as fully human On the other hand he finds that the people he once ignored or looked down upon or saw others look down upon and mistrust are skilled survivors living in entirely different but overlapping cities and towns And he finds pleasure in becoming skilled enough to survive in these other worlds I am going end with a uote from Goodreads member Ron because he captures the spirit of the book so beautifully and succinctlyWith little knowledge of real hobo life Conover left college in the East jumped a train in St Louis and headed west In the months that followed he crossed and recrossed 14 states meeting and traveling with a dozen or modern day hoboes He learned from them how to survive living off of handouts sleeping rough avoiding the railroad police And he learned about loneliness and loss of identityThere are moments of pure pleasure a tin cup of steaming coffee on a cold high plains morning the unbroken landscape gliding by open boxcar doors And there are times when the romance of adventure disappears completely in bad weather and bad company

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Peculiar culture The men and women he meets along the way are by turns generous and mistrusting resourceful and desperate philosophical and profoundly cynical And the narrative he creates of his travels with them is unforgettable and movi I really like Ted Conover He's a great storyteller with an ethnographer's flair and nowhere is this evident than in this his most 'gonzo' book about riding the rails with hobos Conover's book reads like an ethnography which perhaps isn't too surprising considering he first thought of it as an anthropology thesis despite some criticism from his professors It went on to become at least in my opinion an american classic giving us a snapshot of survival and freedom on the raggedy edge of society in the 80sEnthralled by stories of hobo wanderers and folk songs Conover went out to seek the last few of these american legends in the 80s What he found was amazing A cadre of the last few hardened hoboes a 'freegan' lifestyle out of necessity rather than hipsterdom and a society that likes the sin but hates the sinner both in love with the hobo legend and offended by hoboes themselvesThis is probably Conover's best work and I say this having loved CoyotesRead it

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Download Rolling Nowhere Mobi Î 304 pages Ú Ted conover ↠ ➽ [Download] ✤ Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes By Ted Conover ➲ – In Ted Conover's first book now back in print he enters a segment of humanity outside society and reports back on a world feD them in literature and folksongs So he decided to take a year off and ride the rails Euipped with rummage store clothing a bedroll and a few other belongings he hops a freight train in St Louis becoming a tramp in order to discover their I couldn't help thinking of the song Common People while reading this song Conover captures some interesting details of the culture and customs of riding the rails but the sense that if you called your dad he could stop it all I read the Rolling Nowhere because I was looking for an in depth history of hobo culture in the US a book that does not appear to exist in any form and looked at whatever I could find on the subject Perhaps my problem with the book is with my own expectations; I thought it would chronicle a legitimately disaffected youth dropping out of society experiencing the hobo life and importantly the hobo mindset and returning to us to tell the taleInstead Conover readily admits in an updated introductionreflection that he was little than an average well adjusted college graduate looking to make a name for himself as a journalist Rolling Nowhere depicts his travels in the form of personal essays where he initially relates to what he experiences like an alien He tries very hard as the book progresses to show that the experience transformed him but I never got the sense that what got him through it was little than survival instinct and the knowledge that the anecdotes would build his story to the proper crescendo It wouldn't surprise me to learn that he played with the real chronology of events for maximum effectThe writing itself is good engaging and at times poetic sometimes self consciously so but I wanted at least one of two things from this book background information on hobo history and the development of the subculture andor an experience of hobo life through the eyes of someone who really truly belonged to that culture Rolling Nowhere didn't have either and Conover doesn't provide much insight into the personalities or psychology of the odd characters he meets in his travels It's a dud from that perspective