Travel Books / Books for Traveling [Part 4: Jeremy Dunn]
Jeremy Dunn and I have spent a fair amount of time geeking out over our shared loves for photography and various forms of printed matter. He spends his time managing content from the North American offices of Rapha Racing, and has published a few awesome zines in his time. Jeremy sometimes helps out with his wife Julie's rad sock company The Athletic, and often Julie and Jeremy can be found biking back roads of Oregon with my husband. He recommends:
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
"Not sure why this always makes it into my bag when I'm heading somewhere. I think it is partly due to the fact that it is a relatively small book, but also because it serves as a sometimes necessary reminder that taking chances when on the road is good. Having a drink (or three) with strangers is good. Having your "plan" fall apart is just part of the adventure. Plus, Thompson's prose never fails to bring out the best writing in myself. Probably it's an emulation thing. One part stream of consciousness and one part rum with a splash of soda."
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
"This 1960's depiction of a road trip Steinbeck shared with his poodle Charley and their Airstream trailer always seems to get me. One, because the only way I've ever pictured Steinbeck is in more of a dusty Grapes of Wrath hitchhiker. However, the sheer number of people that he meets and touches on this trip, with his cutesy little dog in tow, makes this one worth it. And who doesn't dream of being able to travel around the country with their dog and an airstream. There is only one thing I have never been able to figure out — Steinbeck talks at length about his morning coffee ritual and its inclusion of his leftover eggshells in the grounds. What's up with that?"
HUNTER S THOMPSON
JOHN STEINBECK WITH CHARLEY
*A TRAVEL PHOTO FROM JEREMY
Jeremy's Portrait by Jake Stangel for the Rapha Continental.