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If you attempt to go in the midst of the summer, brace yourself. The population increases tenfold — up to 150,000 people inhabit the small island…The full-time locals…tell their friends, “See you in the fall,” as soon as June rolls around. They’re also reported to say, “I’m going to America,” when they board the ferry taking them back to Massachusetts. I suppose that’s just how removed they feel, living off on their little island in the Atlantic.”

MELODY CARLSON, author of Love Finds You in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Photo: Edgartown lighthouse by Mike St. Jean. (Find him on Flickr here.)


In Vineyard Haven, on Martha’s Vineyard, mostly I love the soft collision here of harbor and shore, the subtly haunting briny quality that all small towns have when they are situated on the sea.”


The second stop on our summer road trip is Martha’s Vineyard, an 88-square-mile island off the southeast coast of Massachusetts. Long a playground for the rich and famous. the island can only be reached by boat or plane. William Styron (1925-2006), quoted above, author of Sophie’s Choice, spent time on Martha’s Vineyard and found the atmosphere refreshing and rejuvenating. Here’s another Styron quote: “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.” 

Photo: Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, by Scott Tidlund. (Find him on Flickr here.)


I love New Orleans physically. I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days.” ANNE RICE

Photo: Druszaj


The air — moist, sultry, secretive…felt as if it were being exhaled into one’s face. Sometimes it even sounded like heavy breathing. Honeysuckle, swamp flowers, magnolia, and the mystery smell of the river scented the atmosphere, amplifying the intrusion of organic sleaze. It was aphrodisiac and repressive, soft and violent at the same time. In New Orleans, in the French Quarter, miles from the barking lungs of alligators, the air maintained this quality of breath…”

TOM ROBBINS, Jitterbug  Perfume

Photo: Infrogmation


“Madame Lily Devalier always asked ‘Where are you?’ in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous.”

TOM ROBBINS, Jitterbug Perfume

Photo: Bart aka b.rox (Sweetgum buds, New Orleans). Check out Bart’s website here.


From now until the end of summer, Silver Birch Press will take you on a literary road trip. Not sure where this will lead — throughout the U.S. or around the world. It’s a nonlinear plan. We could be in New Orleans one moment and Seattle the next. Photos and literary quotes will tie the trip together. Bon voyage to us!

Young in New Orleans (excerpt)

by Charles Bukowski

There was something about

that city, though

it didn’t let me feel guilty

that I had no feeling for the

things so many others


it let me alone.

Photo: New Orleans balcony by Carol Highsmith