In a collection of essays that are often personal, occasionally journalistic, and frequently meditative, Rob Campbell takes a look at the world from a different perspectivethrough the reflective lens of the automobile in our car-obsessed culture.
Campbell's exploration ranges from the Los Angeles he knows, where people are frequently defined by the cars they drive, to the Bakersfield in which he grew up, where the group you went cruising with defined your station in life; from the lives of the designers whose cars define our fantasies to the role that cars play in our continual effort to define our reality.
Campbell's candid observations are informed by a sharp wit and a gift for the telling detail, the particular moment which illustrates a universal truth. Setting out from Plato's Cave in the Republic, Campbell takes to the highway and heads for the last exitto Plato's Garage, where society parks its metaphoric cars.
So get in and let him take you out for a spin on the Universal Freeway. We guarantee you a ride that is smooth, elegant, and the envy of your friends and neighbors.
Rob Campbell is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He lives in Los Angeles.
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2000 St. Martin's Press.