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The Best American Travel Writing 2001

by Paul Theroux (Editor), Jason Wilson (Editor)

Other authors: Scott Anderson (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor), Tim Cahill (Contributor), Philip Caputo (Contributor), Andrew Cockburn (Contributor)21 more, Gretel Ehrlich (Contributor), Michael Finkel (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Peter Hessler (Contributor), Pico Iyer (Contributor), Kathleen Lee (Contributor), Janet Malcolm (Contributor), Lawrence Millman (Contributor), Susan Minot (Contributor), Susan Orlean (Contributor), David Quammen (Contributor), Salman Rushdie (Contributor), Edward W. Said (Contributor), Bob Shacochis (Contributor), Thomas Swick (Contributor), Patrick Symmes (Contributor), Jeffrey Tayler (Contributor), Marcel Theroux (Contributor), Brad Wetzler (Contributor), Jason Wilson (Contributor), Simon Winchester (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Travel Writing (2001), Best American (2001)

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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, the ordeal, the quest . . . Travel is an attitude, a state of mind." Theroux's most recent novel is Hotel Honolulu.… (more)
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To date, this is the third collection I have read in this series. By comparison, I much preferred the 2000 and 2006 collections. The Best American Travel Writing series has a series editor, Jason Wilson, who is responsible for selecting between 50-100 of what he considers to be the best travel writing articles of the year. Then he passes these on to the guest editor, Paul Theroux for the 2001 collection, who selects among these to determine the 20+ articles that will be included in that year's collection. Although I think Paul Theroux is a great travel writer, I find him lacking as an editor. Rather than select a well-rounded group of articles, he seems to have focused on what interests himself rather than what might appeal to a broader audience. For example, 7 of the 27 articles in this collection take place in extremely cold and harsh environments such as Siberia, Iceland, the Andes mountains etc. Even the cover of the book features a glacier. Also, the writing style of a disproportionate number of the writers selected is cool and detached. If this had been my only experience reading this series, I wouldn't feel compelled to pick up any future collections. Thankfully, that is not the case. If you enjoy travel writing, I strongly encourage you to read one of the collections within this series, just not the 2001 anthology. ( )
  juli1357 | Feb 21, 2010 |
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Theroux, PaulEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JasonEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cahill, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caputo, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cockburn, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehrlich, GretelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finkel, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frazier, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hessler, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iyer, PicoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, JanetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millman, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Minot, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orlean, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quammen, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rushdie, SalmanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Said, Edward W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shacochis, BobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swick, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Symmes, PatrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tayler, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Theroux, MarcelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wetzler, BradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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, the ordeal, the quest . . . Travel is an attitude, a state of mind." Theroux's most recent novel is Hotel Honolulu.

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