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Author Michael Yates

November 12, 2007 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

The road trip is a staple of modern American literature. In Michaels Yates’s Cheap Motels and a Hot Place: An Economist’s Travelogue (monthly review press, 2006) an economist hits the road, observing and interpreting the extraordinary range and spectacle of U.S. life, bringing out its conflicts and contradictions with humor and insight.

Disillusioned with academic life and thirty-two years of teaching economics, Michael Yates took early retirement in 2001 and with his wife Karen traveled around the country, often spending months at a time on the road. Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate is both an account of their adventures and a penetrating examination of work and inequality, race and class, alienation and environmental degradation in the small towns and big cities of the contemporary United States. 

Co-sponsored by the Troy Labor Council.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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