Our song of the open road:
We took off at the end of July for a five-week road trip from the Midwest to the Northeast U.S. and back again. We spent a few days in my hometown St. Louis, soaking up the river valley heat, the Redbirds, cocktails at the Royale, old-time swing at Blues City Deli, and plenty of toasted ravioli. (Somebody, write the ode to t.ravs that they deserve!)
From there, the long brown road led to Terre Haute, Bloomington, Greensburg, Cincinnati, Nashville, Knoxville, Baltimore, Connecticut, Boston, Newburyport, New Hampshire -- and friends & family & beloveds who put us up & took us out every step of the way. (We are fill'd with them and will fill them in return.)
I made a Spotify mix for this road trip (of course I did) called "Light in August" (of course it is), and the song I wanted to hear the most was "Slide" by Calvin Harris with Frank Ocean & Migos. (Paris Review wasn't interested in the story I sent them.) Up next: Bread Loaf.