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On the literary trail in Scotland
On the literary trail in Scotland

WIGTOWN, Scotland — "You're on the road to nowhere." The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland. We had left behind the divided highway outside Glasgow, and then, somewhere near the towns with signs saying "Haste Ye Back," had lost the painted line down the middle of the two-lane road. For a few miles now, we had been on a one-track road, the kind where you must back up to the last lay-by if you meet a car coming from the other direction. My mom politely suggested that it might be a good idea to turn around. Caught in the act of what was, at minimum, a six-point turn for a still jet-lagged driver getting...

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