“Only in America can you travel in confidence without a destination,” writes Paul Theroux, one of America's most notable travel writers, as he begins Deep South
, his first project on his own country. By auto, Theroux takes a trip in each season to the states of the Deep South, preferring rural areas to large metropolises and striking up innumerable conversations with Southern folks: reformers, shop owners, small town mayors, gospel-preaching motorcyclists, veterans, even (by accident) the widow of BB King. What emerges is not just a vivid portrait of the South today, but a reminder of its dark history. “As was so often the case," writes Theroux, "driving up a country road in the South was driving into the shadowy past.