Meet the Author - Adam Chandler

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Providence, RI 02906

Adam Chandler Event

Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom
by Adam Chandler

Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom tells the personal and contemporary story of America, its innovations and failures, its international charisma, and its regional identities through its beloved roadside fare. Fast food's menus, mass appeal, and blue-collar roots, offer a reflection of a century of national life explained by American habits, desires, economic realities, and political identities.  A sharp contrast to Super Size Me and Fast Food Nation, Chandler’s insightful and hilarious cultural study with Drive-Thru Dreams shows that the fast-food industry, though imperfect, reflects much of what makes us Americans.

We tend to think of fast food as corporate and impersonal. And for good reason. But, in unexpected ways, fast food is also deeply personal. After all, the only inherited rite in America might just be mainlining French fries beneath the comforting fluorescence of an anonymous fast-food dining room. Drive-Thru Dreams tells the personal and contemporary story of America, its innovations and failures, its international charisma, and its regional identities through its beloved roadside fare.

Adam Chandler is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn. A former staff writer at The Atlantic and Tablet Magazine, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly, New York Magazine, Slate, Esquire, and elsewhere.