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According to an existential quote—allegedly from a disgruntled former sculptor—that echoes in the halls of art schools, “Highways are the greatest form of sculpture, and we already have enough of those.” If the aesthetic achievement that is the Eisenhower Interstate System can’t be bested, it’s no surprise to Robert Sullivan; his heftily-titled Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-in-Law, Two Kids, and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant examines the United States’ cross-country travel fetish, which has wormed its way into everything from the Louisiana Purchase to the film Transamerica. Sullivan’s exploration of these well-traveled paths makes for a disarmingly personal brand of travel writing—a kind of Get in the Van filtered through the pen of a Vogue contributing editor. Sullivan speaks and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. (202) 785-1133. (Justin Moyer)