Friday, April 4, 2014

Old Narrative

Andy Adams's The Log of a Cowboy (c.1970) is subtitled "A Narrative of the Old Trail Days", which, as Marshall McLuhan suggests in his essay "Roads and Paper Routes" (1964), is what a trail (or a road) is -- a narrative. At least until the advent of the telegraph, where for the first time in history the message arrived before the messenger.

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