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The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (Best American Travel Writing)by Paul Theroux
Synopses & Reviews
Already a best-selling addition to the series, this years Best American Travel Writing is a far-flung collection chosen by travel writer extraordinaire Paul Theroux, who has selected pieces about the spell in the wilderness, the letter home from foreign parts, the dangerous adventure, the sentimental journey, the exposé, the shocking revelation, the eyewitness report, the ordeal, the quest . . . Travel is an attitude, a state of mind.” Therouxs most recent novel is Hotel Honolulu.
Maintaining that "travel is a state of mind", the author of "Hotel Honolulu" selects pieces about "the spell in the wilderness, the letter home from foreign parts, the dangerous adventure, the sentimental journey, the expos, the shocking revelation, the eyewitness report, the ordeal, the quest".
About the Author
Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo in 1967. His subsequent novels include The Family Arsenal, Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician, My Secret History, My Other Life, and Kowloon Tong. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and Fresh Air Fiend. The Mosquito Coast and Dr. Slaughter have both been made into successful films. He was the guest editor of The Best American Travel Writing (Houghton Mifflin, October 2001). Theroux is a frequent contributer to magazines including Talk and Men's Journal. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands, where he is a professional beekeeper.Jason Wilson is a prolific travel writer, having published numerous travel essays in such publications as HEMISPHERES, THE WASHINGTON POST, TRAVEL &LEISURE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, P.O.V., NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, THE TIMES PICAYUNE, FLIGHT, CONTINENTAL, AMERICAN WAY, TRIP, THE PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER, among many other prestigious publications. His travel writing has also earned him three Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards for both "Best Magazine Article on a U.S. Destination" and "Best Magazine Article on a Foreign Destination," three Society of Professional Journalists Awards for Magazine Feature Writing, a Garden State Association of Black Journalists Award, and has been selected as "Notable Essay" in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1997, 1998, and 1999. Mr. Wilson was also the founder of the now-defunct, but well-loved travel journal, GRAND TOUR, which THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER called, "A travel journal with two kinds of writing: good and better," and which THE WASHINGTON POST called, "A fine new magazine...creating a new home for the best sort of travel writing...the editors have an eye for writers who can take the smallest moments of existence abroad, and exalt them." Mr. Wilson has taught magazine writing and creative writing at a number of universities, and will be teaching travel writing at the graduate level at Rosemont College in the Philadelphia area beginning in Spring 2000.
Table of Contents
Contents Foreword xi Introduction by Paul Theroux xvii Scott Anderson. As Long As We Were Together, Nothing Bad Could Happen to Us 1 from Mens Journal Russell Banks. Fox and Whale, Priest and Angel 20 from Esquire Tim Cahill. Volcano Alley Is Ticking 29 from Mens Journal Philip Caputo. Among the Man-Eaters 47 from National Geographic Adventure Andrew Cockburn. Iran: Are You Ready? 75 from Condé Nast Traveler Gretel Ehrlich. The Endless Hunt 88 from National Geographic Adventure Michael Finkel. Desperate Passage 105 from The New York Times Magazine Ian Frazier. Desert Hideaway 125 from The Atlantic Monthly Peter Hessler. View from the Bridge 132 from The New Yorker Pico Iyer. Why We Travel 142 from Salon Travel Kathleen Lee. Into the Heart of the Middle Kingdom 152 from Condé Nast Traveler Janet Malcolm. Travels with Chekhov 164 from The New Yorker Lawrence Millman. Daughter of the Wind 189 from Islands Susan Minot. This We Came to Know Afterward 199 from McSweeneys Susan Orlean. The Place to Disappear 228 from The New Yorker David Quammen. The Post-Communist Wolf 238 from Outside Salman Rushdie. A Dream of Glorious Return 254 from The New Yorker Edward W. Said. Paradise Lost 276 from Travel & Leisure Bob Shacochis. Something Wild in the Blood 286 from Mens Journal Thomas Swick. Croatian Rock 301 from South Florida Sun-Sentinel Patrick Symmes. Miraculous Fishing 318 from Harpers Magazine Jeffrey Tayler. Back in the USSR? 341 from Harpers Magazine Marcel Theroux. The Very, Very, Very Big Chill 361 from Travel & Leisure Brad Wetzler. Is Just Like Amerika! 366 from Outside Jason Wilson. Dining Out in Iceland 380 from The North American Review Simon Winchester. Beyond Siberia 401 from Condé Nast Traveler Contributors Notes 409 Notable Travel Writing of 2000 415
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