How is it that I still have not read either Bound for Glory (Guthrie) or On the Road (Kerouac)?! Lord knows I've had more than enough excellent opportunities to get these two literary gems on my cultural... necklace?
So I'm on the B'more-bound Megabus, lamenting my lack of revolutionary travel logs and considering the reading material available to me: The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer) and the Christian scriptures!
I don't know what it would be like to "follow" Kerouac or Guthrie as they learn to love traveling, hitch-hiking, and living in complete freedom on the road. But I do know what it means to follow the teacher, prophet, and God-man Jesus as I travel, hitch-hike, and live in complete freedom on the roads of life.
Jesus, unlike most responsible Americans citizens, appears to do no work, and is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard. He is presented as homeless, propertyless, celibate, peripatetic, socially marginal, disdainful of kinsfolk, without a trade, a friend of outcasts and pariahs, averse to material possessions, without fear for his own safety, careless about purity regulations, critical of traditional authority, a thorn in the side of the Establishment, and a scourge of the rich and powerful... He sounds like a cross between a hippie and a guerilla fighter. (!)
Let no one wonder why my tour is called the Vagrants & Vagabonds, Outlaws & Thieves Tour! As for my own writing, I don't know whether I can hold a candle to a Guthrie or Kerouac (not to mention Bonhoeffer), but if you'd like to "follow" me on my journeys, I will be keeping my blogs here on Weebly and posting short daily updates on Twitter.