stranger things: the hitchhiker’s guide to the auvergne

"The fact that we call them and know them only by first name, points to the strange intimacy of road tripping with strangers. Do you sit in the front or the back? Should you sleep or maintain polite conversation? How likely is it that you and your conducteur will be belting out show tunes and exchanging emails by the end of the ride?"

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That's going in my memoir.  When I feel I'm playing a starring role in an indie comedy about someone with terrible luck, I do two things. First, I try to laugh at myself. If that fails, I remember something Mary told me, Nora Ephron's philosophy: everything is copy. No experience is wasted if it becomes material. …

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