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Already a best-selling addition to the series, this year's 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, th...more
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Published October 10th 2001 by Mariner Books
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Marcel Theroux's and Scott Anderson's pieces are brilliant, but the rest of them are a bit heavy and (considering there are FOUR from The New Yorker, where writers are paid by the word), long-winded. Not my favorite of the series by far.
oh lord every book of travel writing i read makes me want to give up all my plans for life and just roam the globe.
Will Mclaughlin
My take-aways

As Long As We Were Together...- Made me realize that I've done nothing with my childhood.
Fox And Whale...- Makes me not want to climb
Volcano Alley...- It amazes me what people do for jobs or what they feel called to do
Among The Man Eaters- Long story and the most interesting part was the recap of Man Eaters Of Tsavo
Iran, Are You Ready- Great article by a wonderful writer. Iran was in this westernized state in 2001. I wonder if it has continued or if the clerics have cracked down.
"As Long as We Were Together, Nothing Bad Could Happen to Us" by Scott Anderson amazed me. The life those boys lived is nothing like my experience.
I enjoyed "Post-Communist Wolf", having visited Romania, although in a car rather than trekking through the waist deep snow. The carnivore research is interesting, and just a good story.
And Susan Orlean's "The place to disappear" about a diffent perspective of Bangkok.

The two most important things about travel writing are sense of place and personal e...more
a big fat enjoyable collection. every story in here deserves to be. the locales are far-flung and the writing is all top-notch, even when it's a subject matter that doesn't particularly speak to me. philip caputo's tale of man-eating lions, janet malcolm's chekhov travels, salman rushdie's return to india, and brad wetzler's dispatches on czech hobo culture were particularly great. is it any wonder i constantly get the travel bug?
A mixed bag of travel essays. Salmon Rushdie's essay about his return to India was a standout as was "Why We Travel" which was more of a philosophical piece than a travelogue. But other essays seemed overlong and less than thrilling. The quality of readers also varied somewhat. Still, an overall entertaining and engaging listen and ideal for lots of short errands rather than long commutes or drives.
Steve Hayden
This book has some interesting stories in it but for the most part it left me waiting for the next good story. They call this a book on travel but I don't think I would be interested in any of the travels these writers wrote about. Also this is a sampler from 2001 and I read this 10 years later in 2011 and it left me wondering how things may have changed in these countries.
This collection has some favorite travel stories, including Pico Iyer's "Why We Travel," Russell Banks's story about climbing the Andes, and Salman Rushdie's essay about pajama parties in Tehran.
The first two stories ("As Long as We Were Together, Nothing Bad Could Happen to Us" by Scott Anderson and "Fox and Whale, Priest and Angel" by Russell Banks) were especially enchanting.
Found a tattered copy of this in the slim makeshift library at a run down army base in Kuwait. Helped pass the time, great travel stories.
lot of engaging essays, esp. "desperate passage", about a writer who follows haitians being smuggled into the u.s.
Karl Seidel
still reading it...but from the first couple of stories I can tell I will not be disappointed.
5-finger-box-on-the-street discount.
(go world.)

(+, possible post-post-graduation motivation.)
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JASON WILSON is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set, and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated. He teaches at Drexel University.
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“Unless there is a strong sense of place there is no travel writing, but it need not come from topographical description; dialogue can also convey a sense of place. Even so, I insist, the traveler invents the place. Feeling compelled to comment on my travel books, people say to me, "I went there"---China, India, the Pacific, Albania-- "and it wasn't like that." I say, "Because I am not you.” 3 likes
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