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The Whiteboy Award

Essay Summary:  Kantner wins the prestigious Whiting Award. He travels to New York City to receive the award, revealing his discomfort with travel and city life. He returns to Alaska to have news of the prize money announced on the radio.

What is wrong with New York's sky, according to Kantner? (p. 218)

You can only see the sky in small strips.

What is the "naked way" to cross America? (p. 218)

Travelling without caribou meat, knife, rifle, or matches.

What comparison does Kantner make with himself and the taxi driver? (p. 219)

He doesn't know how the taxi driver knows where to go, but recognizes that the driver would feel the same way if he traveled with Kantner on the tundra.

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