Welcome to the Traffic Life
This is the companion website for the anthology
Traffic Life: Passionate Tales and Exit Strategies
Edited by Stephan Wehner, this book contains short stories, poems, cartoons and lots of other art, all about
the problems of traffic and cars plus alternatives.
You can see for yourself: almost all of its contents are on-line. The book itself, of course, is more permanent and easier to read! You can
order your copy now.
A new Sherlock Holmes episode is uncovered **
Postscript by Harlan Ellison to his classic Along the Scenic Route **
Set in 2053 and written in the 1960's: The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury **
Scores for a Jazz piece by Jeff Younger **
The Declaration of the Right to Walk and Roll **
A masterpiece drawing of a memorial for a killed cyclist by Keith McKellar **
Sixteen full colour pages show pottery work, paintings, photos and cartoons **
Songs for the road **
And it all begins with a conversation with God. And then there is
more, including Andy Singer,Attila the Stockbroker, Peter Gelman, some Honku's and
From the back cover:
The theme of this anthology is the nuisance of cars and the problems
of traffic. The facts of the matter and alternatives have been discussed
in such books as Carfree Cities by J.H. Crawford, Divorce Your Car!
by Katie Alvord, and Asphalt Nation by Jane Holtz Kay. Traffic Life
contains short stories, poems, songs, cartoons, drawings, paintings
and photos - and so broadcasts the theory through art.
The judgment on people-killing, nature-ravaging, community-destroying,
atmosphere-polluting, noisy, uncomfortable and expensive automobiles
has been passed (never mind that they gobble up a non-renewable
and valuable resource and contribute one-third of the greenhouse
gases that warm the globe). Bicycles, busses and trains are much
more reasonable to get around in cities and elsewhere. Still, large
industries are devoted to producing, insuring, financing, selling
and repairing more and more of these superfluous pesky metal boxes.
am I going to get to work?", "Cycling is too dangerous!",
"Busses are so slow!" These are some familiar reactions
and not completely without merit. After all, it is generally accepted
policy that all destinations be reachable by car, but other means
are much less supported. Traffic Life addresses all this by offering
engaging works that go straight to the heart.