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Safe Negro Travel Guide, redux

Today''s New York Times has an article about Victor H. Green and The Negro Motorist Green Book, the Jim Crow-era travel guide to black-friendly businesses that served as inspiration for my short story "Safe Negro Travel Guide." I still think it's a great hook, so maybe I'll take another crack at Lovecraft Country once I'm done with The Mirage. In the meantime, author Calvin Alexander Ramsey has written both a children's book and a forthcoming play on the subject.

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crowleycrow
Aug. 24th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I thought of you when I read that article. I somehow had the idea (sloppy reading?) that you'd made it up. Can't tell whether I preferred it that way or this way.
matociquala
Aug. 24th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
That's an excellent story, Matt.
matt_ruff
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Thanks!
nisi_la
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Wait--you wrote a short story? And I can read it? Yay! Thank you, Matt.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I am psyched that you are considering another go at Lovecraft Country, I recommend "Safe Negro Travel Guide" to at least one person a week. Please expand it into a full book, a tv show, a movie trilogy, and a weekly address wired directly into my brain.
mhaithaca
Sep. 14th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, Matt! I've had this browser tab open for weeks, and just got to read the short story. It seems to stop short, though. Is there supposed to be something after "He settled in and picked up his copy of Dracula. He didn’t open it; already there was too little light to read by"?
matt_ruff
Sep. 15th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
The full final paragraph reads:

"He settled in and picked up his copy of Dracula. He didn’t open it; already there was too little light to read by, and anyway he didn’t think he’d like the ending. Instead he just sat there, holding the book like a talisman. He watched the road. And awaited the coming of night, when his powers would return."

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(What browser are you using? I've checked in both Firefox and IE and I see the whole thing.)
mhaithaca
Sep. 15th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Matt. I'd been reading in Camino on Mac OS X at work, and noticed after I commented here that Safari on the same machine showed one more line. On Safari on this laptop, I get up to "...holding the book like a talisman. He" and on the iPad, it ends "He could dim his headlamps, glide"

Looking at the page's HTML now, I wonder if the problem is due to some of the odd absolute positioning and margins the code calls for, rather than just letting the text flow.
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