Road Scholar | Chicago Reader

Road Scholar

I've never encountered the poetry of Romanian expatriate writer Andrei Codrescu or his contributions to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. I hope I never have to after seeing this 1992 documentary produced and directed by Roger Weisberg, which follows Codrescu as he drives across the U.S., spouting cliches whenever he can't find a religious cultist or gun freak or McDonald's executive to spout them for him. The narrative's jocular, superficial tone becomes insufferable once it's apparent that no subject is going to be accorded anything more than a cutesy one-liner. Whatever the limitations of Sherman's March and Roger & Me, they at least offered some food for thought along with the self-congratulation; this offers little more than smarmy joke cues and poetic platitudes.

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