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Mason Award acceptance speech delivered by Stephen King at the Fall for the Book event at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on 23 September 2011. Video available at youtube.


STEPHEN KING: The tribe owned whole towns in Maine, Florida, Colorado and Arizona, but they never stayed in those places for long. Mostly they were migratory. If you drive the turnpikes and main-travel highways of America, you may have seen them. Maybe it was on I-95 in South Carolina, somewhere south of Dillon, north of Santee. Maybe it was on I-80 in Montana, in the mountain country west of Draper, or on 301 in Florida, outside of Ocala. How many times have you found yourself behind a lumbering RV, eating exhaust and waiting impatiently for your chance to pass, creeping along at 40 when you could be doing a perfectly-legal 65, or even 70, and when there's finally a hole in the fast-lane and you pull out, holy God, you see a whole line of those damn things.

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