The Best American Travel Writing, which highlights the best travel stories from the previous full year, arrives in bookstores and on tablets this week. The 2014 edition is edited by Paul Theroux, who has selected some outstanding reads from a variety of print and online publications. Here are few that you can read online right now:
- Poisoned Land by Elif Batuman, The New Yorker
- America the Marvelous by A.A. Gill, Vanity Fair
- Clear Eyed in Calcutta by Andrew McCarthy, World Hum
- Excuse Us While We Kiss the Sky by Matthew Power, GQ
- A Moving Experience by Thomas Swick, The Morning News
- Born on the 9th of July by Patrick Symmes, Outside Magazine*
- Maximum Bombay by Gary Shteyngart, Travel & Leisure*
Some honorable mentions include Thanksgiving in Mongolia, Ariel Levy’s devastating personal essay; The Fallout by Frank Bures; A Sort of Happy Ending by David Farley (yay, Farley!); Go Your Own Way by Douglas Mack (yay, Doug!); and How Hipsters Ruined Paris by Thomas Chatteron Williams.
*These are the print magazine titles of these articles. The online titles are slightly different.