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Taking the Greyhound - an American rite of passage

A crying baby, an accidental poet, a drunken man - just one of those prosaic road trips to Des Moines

It started as a hare-brained scheme - let's go to Vegas! - which rapidly got down-sized, until we finally decided to take the bus to Des Moines instead.

Iowa City in early November was cold, dark, snowing and gloomy. At the tail end of a nearly three-month-long residency, my friend Santiago and I were going stir-crazy in our hotel rooms which doubled as work studios.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2019, with the headline 'Taking the Greyhound - an American rite of passage'. Subscribe