Sunday, February 14, 2016

Armchair adventures with Richard Grant

I'm kind of a fan of Richard Grant, freelance reporter, travel writer and professional nomad whose British accent has served him well while navigating the oddities of the Americas. Although he's done less vagabonding lately and settled down for the time being in the Mississippi Delta.

Read and enjoyed his first book, American Nomads, published in 2003, and watched the excellent 2011 BBC documentary, also titled American Nomads and featuring Grant as narrator. Haven't read his latest, Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, but may do that.

It's fairly easy to come across his work, since he has reported for media that range from The New York Times to Al Jazeera America.

Anyhow, I stumbled upon Grant's Web site the other day --- a wonderful way to spend a little time. Punch "Articles" on the navigation bar and you can read those that he has archived; punch "American Nomads Documentary" and you can watch it (via YouTube).

It's worth your time --- Grant's nomads, all in the desert Southwest --- range from affluent snowbirds who live full-time in quarter-million-dollar motor homes through rodeo cowboys to a youthful vagabond who calls himself Comfrey Root.

Just doing what I can here to get you through another snowy day without writing anything in particular myself.

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