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Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism

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For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth.

The waitress suggests that I come back after she closes down the restaurant, around midnight. We end up having sex in a chair and then on one of the tables in the back corner. I pen a note in my Moleskine that I will later recount in the guidebook review, saying that the restaurant “is a pleasant surprise . . . and the table service is friendly.” –Thomas Kohnstamm, professional travel writer and author of numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks

WANTED: Travel Writer for Brazil

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Decisiveness: the ability to desert your entire previous life–including well-salaried office job, attractive girlfriend, and basic sanity for less than minimum wage

Attention to detail: the skill to research northeastern Brazil, including transportation, restaurants, hotels, culture, customs, and language, while juggling sleep deprivation, nonstop nightlife, and excessive alcohol consumption

Creativity: the imagination to write about places you never actually visit

Resourcefulness: utilizing persuasion, seduction, and threats, when necessary, to secure a place to stay for the evening once your pitiable advance has been (mis)spent

Resilience: determination to overcome setbacks such as bankruptcy, disillusionment, and an ill-fated one-night stand with an Austrian flight attendant

As Kohnstamm comes to personal terms with each of these job requirements, he unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travelers, and the destinations themselves. Moreover, he invites us into his world of compromising and scandalous situations in one of the most exciting countries as he races against an impossible deadline.

Synopsis:

The author describes how he gave up a Wall Street career to take up a job as a travel writer working on the Lonely Planet Brazil guidebook, revealing how his dreams of an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil were transformed by enormous amounts of research, a shrinking bank balance, hangovers, a looming deadline, questionable guidebook entries, and other challenges. Original. 40,000 first printing.

About the Author

\THOMAS KOHNSTAMM was born in 1975 and graduated from Stanford University with an M.A. in Latin American studies. He lives in Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409904
Subtitle:
A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Author:
Kohnstamm, Thomas
Author:
Thomas Kohnstamm
Author:
Kohnstamm, Thomas B.
Subject:
Travel : Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Travel writers
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Travel writers - United States
Subject:
Kohnstamm, Thomas B - Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Latin America
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080422
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Biography » Literary
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Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism
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"Synopsis" by , The author describes how he gave up a Wall Street career to take up a job as a travel writer working on the Lonely Planet Brazil guidebook, revealing how his dreams of an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil were transformed by enormous amounts of research, a shrinking bank balance, hangovers, a looming deadline, questionable guidebook entries, and other challenges. Original. 40,000 first printing.
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