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In the summer of 1978, Ed Griffin-Nolan and a friend took to the road, hitchhiking from New York to California, on to New Orleans and back home to New York. As 2018 approached, the itch to hitch returned — but most people seemed to believe that this was now impossible. Griffin-Nolan decided to find out why nobody hitchhiked anymore.
With a backpack, a hashtag, and a sign, he stuck out his thumb near his house, and let luck, and the road, take him where it would. Ed Griffin-Nolan’s new book Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore (Rootstock Publishing, 2020) tells the story of his journey.
Ed Griffin-Nolan wanders, runs, sails, and writes. He has worked as a journalist in his hometown of Syracuse, NY, and has written from Latin America and the Middle East. He has lived in Pinochet’s Chile, Sandinista Nicaragua, and traveled to Iraq in the aftermath of Desert Storm. His works have appeared in the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, The Nation magazine, and the Syracuse New Times. The father of three grown children, he lives in Pompey, New York, with his wife, Ellen, an artist. His day job is massage therapy.
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