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Orange is Optimism - Idle Theory Bus Novel


Orange is Optimism is an innovative, genre-blending book, which James & Rachel have dubbed a pictotext, a blend between a novel and photobook. 

Orange is Optimism is a modern picaresque novel that joins two seekers, Kit and J.R., on a rainbow-doused, overland journey to the mystical Tangerine Hot Springs, a place of hobo dreams brought to fruition.

The book is a philosophical exploration of work, leisure, and idleness. It is also a hair-raising and comical overland adventure through the wild spaces of America.

Join Kit and J.R. as they overcome physical blunders and encounter an assortment of bums, tramps, and hobos.  Consider queries about truth, existence, and the meaning of a journey in some of the most beautiful places in North America.

Inside, you’ll learn why an Optimist is the most radical thing you can be.


Kit Whistler and J.R. Switchgrass (AKA Rachel and James of @IdleTheoryBus), have been living in their bus, Sunshine, on the American Road, for over four years, wandering through the wild spaces that still remain. The novel is a based on their experiences dodging the law, meeting America everywhere from Oklahoma to Kentucky, and working as migrant laborers to get by. This is a work of fiction, based on true events.

See more of the journey here:

ook specs:

Dimensions: 6.75 inches by 8.5 inches
Smith-Sewn Binding
100# acid-free silk-finished paper
Offset Lithography
Printed in Minnesota on USA-sourced materials
First edition copy: 1 of 2,000

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