“The essence of life is to be found in the frustrations of established order.
The universe refuses the deadening influence of complete conformity.”

- John Gardner

005 I Saw My Own

A story of hitchhiking the interstate and highways in the 1980’s.

At age 15, novelist Vanessa Veselka ran away from home and began living life as a hitchhiker in the United States during the 1980s. From highway to highway, coast to coast, truck stop to truck stop, Veselka experienced poverty, perversion, and a showdown with a potential serial killer. She shares her story at the MacDowell Colony for Artists where she works on her second novel, Light the Lamp With the Last of the Whale Oil (Riverhead Books).

Photos by Robert Johansson

Music by Dan Svizeny

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Everything is Stories


An ongoing survey of individuals who have experienced transcendence and/or power of the will. No story will be considered too troubled, no atmosphere too strange.

Needed: tales from the underground, the underdog, the outlaw, and the outcast. Genuine characters of all kinds welcome.

Everything is Stories explores unconventional narratives of the past and present to preserve the eccentric, the authentic, and the personal.

Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray.

For dialogue and more information about the project write to: STORIES@EISRADIO.ORG

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