Writing

I’m a writer. So I like to write about writing. I have also compiled a list of Writing Resources, which I may update from time to time.

Pico Iyer and Andrew McCarthy on Traveling and Writing

The National Geographic Society, located right here in Washington, DC, regularly puts on events as part of its NG Live! series. I’ve had the pleasure of attending two of these events, one featuring Pico Iyer, the other with Andrew McCarthy, and both featuring Don George in the role of interviewer. The following videos, distilled into their most essential points, are from the NG Live! talks.

 

Pico Iyer talks to Don George

 

Pico Iyer is the author of some of the best travel literature of the last several decades. His best-known books are Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East and The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto. At NG Live!, Iyer was promoting his book The Man Within My Head.

 

Andrew McCarthy talks to Don George

 

Andrew McCarthy is the author of The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down as well as numerous award-winning travel articles. Yes, he’s THAT Andrew McCarthy, too.

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

BATW 2012

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 is out.

I started writing about travel just a few years shy of the debut, 12 years ago, of this annual series of the best travel stories from American publications. For most of the last dozen years, I have treated myself to the BATW, usually at Christmas time. It’s a professional expense, yes. But the book also gives me insight into the sort of travel writing readers are responding to, which places are being written about, what their angles are, and which publications are still promoting and producing quality travel tales. Browsing the table of contents as well as the “Notable Travel Writing” in the back of the book provides a snapshot of where the best writing is being done and who is doing it.

Marshall Point Light in Maine

Remember the Maine (Vacation)

Marshall Point Light in Maine

Marshall Point Light in Maine

A little more than two weeks have passed since I was on vacation in Maine with my family. It was a first time any of us had been in the state and it made a lasting impression.

Now I am in the process of going through notes and photographs so that I can attempt to put into print what I felt, touched, smelled, and tasted while I was there. (By the way, I didn’t write while I was there because I was too busy being in the moment.) This hasn’t been an easy process, mostly because so much has been written about “Vacationland” for the travel pubs that I have what Don George calls in his Lonely Planet Travel Writing guide the “fear of the known.”