America: Now What? and Other Questions

by Ethan Casey

At the end of Home Free: An American Road Trip (2013), the account of his 3 1/2-month, 18,000-mile driving trip around the contiguous United States during and after the 2012 presidential election, Ethan Casey wrote:

One of the motivating premises of my project had been that America was not separate or different from the rest of the world. I had proven that, at least to my own satisfaction. And I had seen for myself that while the United States, plural, might be in some sense a single country, they are also an archipelago of disparate communities. Whether the center would hold was an open question.

Casey proceeded to explore that open question in a series of essays and speeches written and delivered between 2013 and late 2016. With titles like “Who Serves America?”, “Who Is at War with Whom, and Why?” and – provocatively – “What It Means to Be White in America,” the essays constitute one writer’s rolling, episodic response to America’s unfolding crisis. The book’s centerpiece is an eight-part chain of short essays with the overall title “America: Now What?”, composed as events unfolded during the crucial period between February and April 2016.

The crisis has culminated – for now – in the previously unthinkable: the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Ethan Casey now tells audiences, half in jest, that Home Free documents what might well turn out to have been the last normal presidential election in American history. His essay on the 2016 election result, “What Can I Say?: In Search of Starting Points and New Words,” will be the book’s first chapter and is available now to read free of charge, with our compliments.

Open or download in PDF format Ethan Casey’s essay “What Can I Say?: In Search of Starting Points and New Words”

America: Now What? and Other Questions will be published as a printed book in 2017. You can support its publication by pre-purchasing your copy now for $14.95 plus $3.95 shipping. Blue Ear Books will send you a complimentary copy of Home Free: An American Road Trip as a special thank-you gift for your support.

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