Synopses & Reviews
Bob Gaulke moved to Salvador, Brazil, from Portland, Oregon, in the winter of 2001 in a cultural experiment designed to measure the effects of a musical, tropical culture on the body of a cynically nervous 34 year old North American male. He faithfully reported his findings in a series of email essays and interviews in the year that followed, covering interactions with street vendors, dancers, musicians, beach goers, and random members of the Bahian (residents of Salvador) middle class. Confined to roaming the tourist neighborhoods that line the four-lane beach front thoroughfare (The 'Orla') of the city of Salvador, Gaulke attempted to shed as much of his preconceptions and inhibitions as he could during a 12 month period. The Nervous Tourist is the hilarious result.
"Bob Gaulke's dispatches from Bahia, Brazil's Afro-Centric coast, are a virtuoso rush of words. Our correspondent is seduced, rejected, and painfully conscious of class, race, and gender in these fascinating pages. Ride the late bus into the barrio, trawl Nafta-esque malls for crazy samba records, sweat through World Cup mania, and revel in the meteoric people-power rise of Lula with Gaulke as your guide." Edith Mirante, author of Down the Rat Hole
About the Author
Bob Gaulke 36, has never gotten beyond entry level in his professional career, working as a cremation operator, post-punk bassplayer, broadsheet editor, social worker, volunteer coordinator, musical theatre director, and human fertility donor. He lives in rental housing in NE Portland. He's currently single.