OVERRIDE

Plato's Garage

Rob Campbell

St. Martin's Press

In a collection of essays that are often personal, occasionally journalistic, and, now and again, meditative, Rob Campbell takes a look at the world from a different perspective - through the reflective lens of the automobile in our car-obsessed culture. From the Los Angeles he knows, where people are frequently defined by the cars they drive, to Bakersfield in which he grew up, where the group you went cruising with defined your station in life; from the people who define fantasy cars to the people who sell cars not unlike them to the high-end consumer market.

With sharp wit and candid observations, Campbell has a gift for the telling detail, the particular moment which illustrates a universal truth. Just as Plato used the Simile of the Cave in his Republic, Campbell takes it that one extra step - and he posits Plato's Garage, where society parks their metaphoric cars, and the he takes them for a spin on the Universal Highway. And he guarantees a ride that is smooth, elegant, and the envy of your friends and neighbors.

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Sun Fun Stay Play: A Brief History of
Hometown Cruising
Somehow
It’s like visiting the grave of a first love,
This being in the suburbs . . .
Suddenly felt
As if I had to walk without end
Along these midnight streets
—no. 10 and 26 of “Sad Toys” by Ishikawa
Takuboku, 1912
1.
They don’t exist anymore, but when I was growing up there were two spectacular signs on Highway 99 in the San Joaquin Valley of California, one ten miles north of Bakersfield and the other ten miles south. SUN FUN STAY PLAY, they proclaimed and beseeched, each word
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Rob Campbell

  • ROB CAMPBELL is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines including Buzz. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City.
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Plato's Garage

Rob Campbell

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