Sean Condon Drive Thru America

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Drive Thru America

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If you've ever wanted to drive across the US but couldn't find the time (or afford the gas), Drive Thru America is perfect for you.

In his search for American myths and realities - along with comfort, cable TV and good, reasonably priced coffee - Sean Condon paints a hilarious road-portrait of the USA.

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When Sean Condon and his laconic pal David decide to take a drive, they mean serious business. In their first book, Sean & David's Long Drive, the two Aussies drove across their native land, with Condon recording the experience in a hip, irreverent riff that was both perceptive and downright hilarious. In Sean & David's Drive Thru America, they give the U.S. the same treatment. Starting with Sean's impersonation of a blind man on the flight from Australia to Montreal--just in case he got stuck with a boring seatmate (he didn't)--and ending with Sean's agreement to deliver a letter to Seattle for a mysterious blind man claiming to have sold his corneas, this automobile odyssey is packed full of the strange and the unexpected. As they travel from East Coast to West, Sean and David test out the perimeters of the American popular culture they ingested through imported television shows, films, and music. Imagined encounters with beat poets, real encounters with Texas good ole boys, and a chronicle of the journey framed as a series of scenes in a movie script all contribute to this loopy, entertaining account of how two Australian guys spent their summer vacation.

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A follow-up to Sean and David's Long Drive (through Australia), this "road trip" through America is related by two Aussies with little charm and even less to say. Their journey begins in Montreal, then moves to New York City before heading through the South (Nashville, Jackson, New Orleans) and Southwest (Santa Fe, Flagstaff) to reach their final destination: California, where?surprise, surprise?they hustle Sean's in-progress screenplay. Sean and David are children of the 1970s, repeating familiar laments about cultural confusion and making predictable, ironic pop culture references that will ensure that their book is completely incomprehensible almost immediately after publication. In conversational asides, we hear them discuss life as music video on such topics as marriage: "Exactly who do you invite to the great event?" "Yeah, it's like the ultimate band set list." "And your relatives are the hits from twenty years ago." We are treated to a daily review of motel television offerings, their drug and alcoholic consumption, discourses on the weather in various regions of the country and criticism of the poor quality of roadside food. They also irritate strangers, refusing to recount any but the most meaningless conversations had along the way, and generally prove that if you set out to look for all that is cheap, trendy and superficial about American culture, you will find it. This is a long commercial that advertises the short attention spans and shallow pleasures of traveling with two guys whom you're glad you didn't join on the road.
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