The Best American Travel Writing 2017

The Best American Travel Writing The Best American Travel Writing has been the gold standard for short form travel writing from newspapers magazines and the Internet since its inception New York Times Book Review Everyone travels f

  • Title: The Best American Travel Writing 2017
  • Author: Lauren Collins Jason Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781328745736
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Best American Travel Writing has been the gold standard for short form travel writing from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet since its inception New York Times Book Review Everyone travels for different reasons, but whatever those reasons are, one thing is certain they come back with stories Each year, the best of those stories are collected in The Best Amer The Best American Travel Writing has been the gold standard for short form travel writing from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet since its inception New York Times Book Review Everyone travels for different reasons, but whatever those reasons are, one thing is certain they come back with stories Each year, the best of those stories are collected in The Best American Travel Writing, curated by one of the top writers in the field, and each year they open a window onto the strange, seedy and beautiful world, offering readers glimpses into places that many will never see or experience except through the eyes and words of these writers Kirkus Reviews This far ranging collection of top notch travel writing is, quite simply, the genre s gold standard.

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    1. The main thing to celebrate here is that there are more women writers represented. The odd thing about this year's collection is that so many of the essays do not read as travel, but rather reportage on an issue (Refugees Hear a Foreign Word) or on science that is rooted to a place (Secrets of the Wood Wide Web). About eight of the essays I found rose to the top. Of these six were by women, and the thing I liked about them was how personal they were and how they related travel to examinations of [...]

    2. Travel writing has come a long way since it became a separate category in the bookstore. There have always been adventure stories and tales of people visiting distant and exotic lands, but the genre came into its own in the 1980s with writers like Bruce Chatwin, Eric Newby, Paul Theroux, Dervla Murphy, Martha Gellhorn, Pico Iyer. Those writers combined memoir, journalism, and politics to come up with something way beyond fluffy Conde Nast style luxury travel writing. Now travel writing seems to [...]

    3. Standard 3-star anthology. I read these every year, and every year they at least inspire more travel writing and entertain for a bit, if nothing else.Pretty typical of this series, selections in the 2017 edition range from funny travelogue ("No amount of traffic or instagrammers or drunks can take the magic out of (semi-) wilderness" and, in parts, "Plum crazy" and "My Holy Land vacation") to personal journeys ("My father's house") and the almost obligatory Alaska (in other years, sub Greenland [...]

    4. Another great edition: there is a large proportion of "heavy" subjects, so not exactly cozy armchair travel, but several of the heavy pieces are pretty profound, such as Elif Batuman's piece on the conflicting feelings she has donning a headscarf in rural (i.e. religious, conservative) Turkey, and Reggie Ugwu on the difficult family trip to take his now-disabled father to Nigeria where a family house has been under remote, frustrated construction for many years.

    5. I teach travel writing and each year I adopt the new edition of this collection. I’m torn about this one and it is going to force me to change some of my commentary to the students. So many of these essays seem like person profiles or event profiles rather than travel essays to me. The focus is very often on something other than place.

    6. This collection, drawn from diverse magazines and journals, highlights aspects of traveling like the fascinating and evolutionary politics of representing Native American culture in the (very deliberately) tourist trap towns of the Eastern Cherokee Nation and the perils of relying on GPS rather than developing internal markers and directional orientation.

    7. This anthology always has something for me. This year, it had several very interesting topics: a plane crash (Cliffhanger), the far north (Waiting on a Whale; Land of the Lost), tropical flowers (Plum Crazy), and refugees and immigrants (Refugees Hear a Foreign Word; the Away Team; Citizen Khan; the Ones Who Left).

    8. As usual with collection of essays, some were great, some not so much. The piece I enjoyed the most was Stephanie Elizondo Griest's "Chiefing in Cherokee" - very thought-provoking about deliberately phony vs. authentic cultural heritage. Also of note was David Kushner's "Land of the Lost" about the perils of relying solely on GPS.

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