One Sunday morning, John Larson left his St. Louis home, burned his cash on bus tickets, and began traveling around the country -- later destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents and assuming a new name: Yin. He begins an odyssey with only 10 pounds of rice, a hatchet, a camera, and a small selection of reading material. Among them: Robert Frost, Jack London, and Henry David Thoreau.
For the next several years, Yin helplessly launches himself from crisis to crisis while trying to straighten out his lifestyle and figure out what it is he's trying to prove. His journey, Yin'd say, is to break the routine life most people go through. He thinks titles, careers, and money amounted to nothing but theater, and he hates the materialism that money brought. In time, he learns how to live off nothing and take pleasure in self-depravity, but not always without good company
Yin's constantly moving, but to the few he loves, he returns for. He's familiar with Vegas, keeping in touch with a certain sculptor
, but he makes his nest in Chicago, sharing it with a resident Martian
. In those rare, quiet moments, he enjoys housekeeping and doing domestic chores. When it suits him, Yin likes making a home