Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth.

WANTED: Travel Writer for Brazil
Decisiveness: the ability to desert your entire previous life-including well-salaried office job, attractive girlfriend, and basic sanity for less than minimum wage
Attention to detail: the skill to research northeastern Brazil, including transportation, restaurants, hotels, culture, customs, and language, while juggling sleep deprivation, nonstop nightlife, and excessive alcohol consumption
Creativity: the imagination to write about places you never actually visit
Resourcefulness: utilizing persuasion, seduction, and threats, when necessary, to secure a place to stay for the evening once your pitiable advance has been (mis)spent
Resilience: determination to overcome setbacks such as bankruptcy, disillusionment, and an ill-fated one-night stand with an Austrian flight attendant

As Kohnstamm comes to personal terms with each of these job requirements, he unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travelers, and the destinations themselves. Moreover, he invites us into his world of compromising and scandalous situations in one of the most exciting countries as he races against an impossible deadline.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307394651
Branch Call Number: 910.4092 KOHNSTA
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.


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Jun 08, 2012

This could have been really interesting, but it was mostly a self-centered discussion of being a travel writer that occasionally touched on the more compelling aspects of the travel publishing industry.

Apr 27, 2011

More of a story on travel writing than on travel, so I was a little disappointed. That aside, an interesting peek into how the people who write travel guides get to see/do/eat everything that's mentioned in the book (hint: they don't).


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