A week before spring semester, a Philadelphia writing professor sets out for L.A. to deliver a friend’s car. His first night on the road, alone in a Super 8 motel, he makes three pro/con lists: one for staying in his job; one for staying in his relationship; and one for staying in Philadelphia. This book-length essay is a log of the author’s life on the road, peppered with reflections on his family, history, and life’s simple pleasures. In these pages, Ingram confronts the disappointments of middle-adulthood set against his Big Desires. “It was okay,” Ingram writes of a roadside meal he gets along the way, “in the way that about eighty-five percent of life is okay.”
Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Travel.
Mike Ingram's stories and essays have appeared in publications including The North American Review, The Smart Set, EPOCH, and Medium's Human Parts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he now lives in Philadelphia, where he is an associate professor in the English department at Temple University and co-host of the Book Fight podcast. He's also a founding editor of Barrelhouse Magazine, and currently serves as its books editor.