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The Best American Travel Writing 2012

by William T. Vollmann (Editor), Jason Wilson (Editor)

Other authors: Bryan Curtis (Contributor), Aaron Dactyl (Contributor), Luke Dittrich (Contributor), Lynn Freed (Contributor), J. Malcolm Garcia (Contributor)13 more, Michael Gorra (Contributor), Peter Gwin (Contributor), Pico Iyer (Contributor), Mark Jenkins (Contributor), Dimiter Kenarov (Contributor), Robin Kirk (Contributor), Kimberly Meyer (Contributor), Monte Reel (Contributor), Henry Shukman (Contributor), Thomas Swick (Contributor), Paul Theroux (Contributor), Kenan Trebincevic (Contributor), Elliott D. Woods (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Travel Writing (2012), Best American (2012)

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another reviewer said these are essays of place not really travel. i found most of them boring ( )
  mahallett | Aug 23, 2013 |
Although labelled as travel writing, this year's edition - the first I've read in this series - more accurately consists of essays in which a sense of place figures prominently. Standout essays for me included: Monte Reel, How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer, on Victorian adventurers' how-to guides; Kenan Trebincevic, The Reckoning, a short but powerful piece on returning to visit a town from which the author's family was ethnically cleansed; and Luke Dittrich, Walking the Border, a hike along the US-Mexican border -- ultimately, fairly pointlessly uncomfortable, but good to know that someone has done it and written about it.

One of the most interesting pieces is the last, Aaron Dacytl, Railroad Semantics, a record of train-hopping in the Pacific Northwest, originally published in the author's 'zine. The first person account shares an experience very few readers will ever have and makes it really come alive - enduring miserable weather, dodging railroad workers (since the ride is an illegal trespass) - but the account is also skew - the sheer quantity of beer the author drinks means he must be traveling with a steady buzz, and the motive for the trip is never really clear (but not the point).

Overall, the collection is a pleasure for the breadth of places the essays cumulatively describe - in addition to the settings noted above, there's the Antarctic, a cave in Vietnam, rural Oklahoma, Cairo, Palermo, Varanasi, Chernobyl, cities in Bulgaria, and Northern Ireland. ( )
  bezoar44 | Nov 18, 2012 |
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Vollmann, William T.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JasonEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Curtis, BryanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dactyl, AaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dittrich, LukeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freed, LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garcia, J. MalcolmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gorra, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gwin, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iyer, PicoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Kirk, RobinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meyer, KimberlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reel, MonteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 includes

Bryan Curtis, Lynn Freed, J. Malcolm Garcia, Peter Gwin,
Pico Iyer, Mark Jenkins, Dimiter Kenarov, Robin Kirk,
Kimberly Meyer, Paul Theroux, and others

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