Dmitry Samarov’s illustrated memoir captures encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cabdrivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments. Accompanied by dozens of Samarov’s original artworks—composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts—the stories in Where To? provide a street-level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.
About the Author
Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR, in 1970. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in first grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn’t stopped doodling since. After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab—first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago.
Praise for Where To?:
“Funny, touching, observant, philosophical, sad, world-weary, artful and wonderful are the stories that pepper this book. There has never been a cab driver like Dmitry Samarov and, since he’s given up for keeps late-night for-hire driving, there never will be.”
—Rick Kogan, hall-of-fame reporter for the Chicago Tribune
“With his gorgeous pen and ink drawings and funny, tragic, and all too true stories, Samarov’s chronicle of his adventures as a Chicago taxi driver is by far the best ride you’ll ever take in a cab.”
—Wendy MacNaughton, author of Meanwhile, In San Francisco
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Designer: Alban Fischer
Editor: Naomi Huffman
Cover Design: Dmitry Samarov
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