ISBN13:978-0618074679 ISBN10: 0618074678 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0618074662 ISBN10: 061807466X
Summary: The extraordinary popularity of books & magazines dedicated to travel comes as no surprise, given that more & more Americans are traveling each year for business, pleasure, & especially adventure. Our fascination with travel has never been so well represented as in this new addition to the Best American series: a wide-ranging compendium of the best travel writing published in 1999, culled from more than three hundred magazines, newspapers, & Web sites. This first collection of The Be
st American Travel Writing reads like a good novel. Best-selling author Bill Bryson & series editor Jason Wilson have put together a book that will surprise knowledgeable travelers & entrance newcomers with the glories of new worlds. Articles by such well-loved writers as Bill Buford & Ryszard Kapuscinski are included, as are those by exciting new voices. Ranging across myriad landscapes, from Central Park in New York City to the Ouadane oasis in Saharan Mauritania, The Best American Travel Writing 2000 showcases the diversity & creative power of travel writing today.
Summary: The extraordinary popularity of books & magazines dedicated to travel comes as no surprise, given that more & more Americans are traveling each year for business, pleasure, & especially adventure. Our fascination with travel has never been so well represented as in this new addition to the Best American series: a wide-ranging compendium of the best travel writing published in 1999, culled from more than three hundred magazines, newspapers, & Web sites. This first collection of The Best American Travel Writing reads like a good novel. Best-selling author Bill Bryson & series editor Jason Wilson have put together a book that will surprise knowledgeable travelers & entrance newcomers with the glories of new worlds. Articles by such well-loved writers as Bill Buford & Ryszard Kapuscinski are included, as are those by exciting new voices. Ranging across myriad landscapes, from Central Park in New York City to the Ouadane oasis in Saharan Mauritania, The Best American Travel Writing 2000 showcases the diversity & creative power of travel writing today. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:00 Cover: Print On Demand Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Year Published: 2000 International: No
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Introduction Travel writing, as I once observed elsewhere, is the most accommodating - one might almost say the most promiscuous - of genres. Write a book or essay that might otherwise be catalogued under memoir, humor, anthropology, or natural history, and as long as you leave the property at some point, you can call it travel writing. With luck or persistence, you might even find a publisher willing to underwrite the cost of the trip. I remember the moment it occurred to me that this was an unusually agreeable way to make a living. It was in the early 1980s, when I was living in London. In those days I had a desk job for the London Times, but to supplement my income I began in my spare time to write small articles for newspapers and magazines. Usually these were features on some aspect of British life or culture, but once, more or less out of the blue, I was asked by an editor of the in-flight magazine of Trans World Airlines if I would go to Copenhagen, where the airline was about to inaugurate flights, and write of its attractions. Well, Copenhagen is a splendid city, and I had the most marvelous time. It was while dawdling over a coffee on Stroget, the city's principal pedestrian thoroughfare, that the giddy if somewhat tardy realization dawned on me that I was spending five days in a European capital at someone else's expense, having an awfully good time, and that all that was required of me in return was to write down a thousand words or so of observation on what I saw and did. And for this I was to be paid real money - pretty good money, as I recall. It was then it occurred to me that this was a pretty well unbeatable way to make a living. So I began to write travel books. The problem was that in the 1980s there wasn't any real market for them in the United States. Travel books at that time meant guidebooks and almost nothing more. Occasionally someone would write a travel narrative that would attract critical attention and sell well - Paul Theroux with The Great Railway Bazaar, William Least Heat-Moon with Blue Highways - but for some reason they weren't allowed into the travel section. Once a travel narrative was published and had finished its time on the ''New Releases'' shelves (which in my case seemed to be something in the region of three or four hours), there wasn't any place to put it. On those occasions when I dropped into bookstores to visit my old titles and helpfully move them to positions where they might catch the eye of someone less than eight feet tall or not lying supine in the aisle, I would generally find them in the oddest places, shelved under current affairs or social commentary or geography - anywhere, in short, but near the travel section, where Fodor, Frommer, and Let's Go reigned supreme. How happy I am to report that all that has changed, though it took an amazingly long time when you consider how big the travel literature market has been in other countries for years. The first time I can recall seeing travel books (by which I mean real books with chapters and a story to tell) gathered together in their own section anywhere in the United States was only in about 1990, in San Francisco. But little by little the practice has spread until now it is customary, if not quite universal, for bookstores to offer an assortment of literary travel titles among the more conventional guides. It is telling, I think, that while anthologies comprising the year's best essays, short stories, sports writing, and plays, among goodness knows what else, have been around for years, and sometimes decades, it is only now, thanks to the dear and enlightened folks at Houghton Mifflin, that travel writing is being accorded equ
''[Best American Travel Writing] touches all the bases, and does it with panache.''
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Foreword xi Introduction by Bill Bryson xix William Booth. Boat Camp 1 from The Washington Post Magazine Bill Buford. Lions and Tigers and Bears 9 from The New Yorker Tim Cahill. This Teeming Ark 19 from Outside Tom Clynes. The Toughest Trucker in the World 27 from National Geographic Adventure Dave Eggers. Hitchhiker''s Cuba 37 from Time David Halberstam. Nantucket on My Mind 50 from Town &Country Mark Hertsgaard. The Nile at Mile One 59 from Outside Isabel Hilton. Spies in the House of Faith 72 from The New Yorker Clive Irving. The First Drink of the Day 100 from Conde Nast Traveler Alden Jones. Lard Is Good for You 107 from Coffee Journal Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Truck 120 from The New Yorker David Lansing. Confessions of Cheese Smuggler 128 from National Geographic Traveler Jessica Maxwell. Inside the Hidden Kingdom 134 from Audubon P. J . O''Rourke. Weird Karma 145 from Men''s Journal Tony Perrottet. Zoned on Zanzibar 158 from Escape Rolf Potts. Storming The Beach 171 from Salon Travel Mark Ross. The Last Safari 189 from Talk Steve Rushin. Winter Rules 205 from Sports Illustrated Patrick Symmes. From the Wonderful People Who Brought You the Killing Fields 216 from Outside Jeffrey Tayler. China''s Wild West 229 from The Atlantic Monthly Jeffrey Tayler. Exiled Beyond Kilometer 101 241 from The Atlantic Monthly Jonathan Tourtellot. The Two Faces of Tourism 251 from National Geographic Traveler William T. Vollmann. The Very Short History of Nunavut 260 from Outside David Wallis. One Man and His Donkey 277 from The St. Petersburg Times Amy Wilentz. Marseille''s Moment 283 from Conde Nast Traveler Contributors'' Notes 299 Notable Travel Writing of 1999 304
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