The Best American Travel Writing 2010 #2020

The Best American Travel Writing 2010 Bill Buford Jason Wilson The Best American Travel Writing Edited by The New Yorker s Bill Buford the pieces collected here prove that a restless intrepid spirit isn t unwelcome to American readers New York Times Book Review

  • Title: The Best American Travel Writing 2010
  • Author: Bill Buford Jason Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780547333359
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2010 Bill Buford Jason Wilson Edited by The New Yorker s Bill Buford, the pieces collected here prove that a restless, intrepid spirit isn t unwelcome to American readers New York Times Book Review.
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    1. Hit and miss I definitely enjoyed some stories quite a bit, but skimmed or skipped others I m always afraid reading travel books is going to further stoke my wanderlust out of control than it already is, anyway but amusingly it often has the opposite effect, especially when I read stories set in places I d really rather never go It s funny but I almost enjoy those the most The stories set in Siberia and the were I think my favorites, just because they were the most foreign and the most evocativ [...]

    2. Editor Buford tries to preempt the issue by saying he s defining travel writing broadly, but this collection employs it so widely as to make the term useless I m not sure how a New Yorker article about the mortgage crisis in Florida qualifies On the other hand, there are some gems here Patrick Symmes on Emilio Romagna, Susan Orlean on the donkeys of Morocco, David Owen on a rediscovered 19th century golf course on an island off Scotland That, of course, is the benefit of collections skip the sto [...]

    3. It mostly felt less like an experience in travel and like a walk through these writers feelings in general I was rarely transported to another place Except Siberia I felt like we d never get out of Siberia.

    4. As part of thepersonal essays I am writing about my experience in Dharamsala, India this summer, I read selected essays for different models onwriting in this genre It was hit and miss, but I have comments on a few that stood out to me in terms of content and form.1 Appointment in Istanbul by Henry AlfordContent The fact that this story took place in Istanbul is beside the point The moral of the story could be gained from the first few lines Sometimes what you get is not what you thought you wan [...]

    5. Of the Ten Joys, the one that we midwesterners are loath to cop to is number three, the mingling and the jostling, a pleasure that Google and Facebook can t provide American life tends and to put you in front of a computer screen in a cubicle, then into a car and head you toward home in the suburbs, where you drive directly into the garage and step into your kitchen without brushing elbows with anybody People seem to want this, as opposed to urban tumult and squalor But we have needs we can t [...]

    6. Still uneven than some of the earlier volumes, and too many stories that weren t really travel stories The Ponzi State, for example, is an article about economics However, the stories I liked I really liked which was an improvement over the 2011 volume or would be if I wasn t going backwards And, I was happy to find a Peter Hessler piece from an upcoming book, as I have loved his others.Here are a few bright moments What the hell is that thing This is not something anyone wants to hear while st [...]

    7. As the title suggest, the book compiles the best travel writing from the past year Some stories were great, especially Ian Frazier s Travels in Siberia, in which he details a car trip across the vast wasteland that is northern Russia Other delights include Colby Buzzell s Down and Out in Fresno and San Francisco and Peter Jon Lindberg s In Defense of Tourism definitely favorites of mine There s a good variety of places traveled, some of which like the English island of Tristan I d never heard of [...]

    8. Just trying to finish last year s installment before this year s came out though I missed my target by about a week Standout pieces Looking for Judas by Tom Bissell wandering in desolate biblical territory The Undead Travel by Avi Davis vampire stuff is not my usual style, but how history, geography, and literature crossed paths definitely is Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier repeat after me it s the writer, not the topic, stupid Where Donkeys Deliver by Susan Orlean ditto and The Ghost Course [...]

    9. Some articles were outstanding and really captured the personality of whatever place they described I especially liked the article on the food in Italy, on Siberia, and on the field where Judas hung himself outside of Jerusalem Other articles had a pro homosexual agenda that really had nothing to do with the place described I skipped these articles Overall, my goal in reading this was to improve my skills at writing about places, peoples, and cultures, to others who cannot be there themselves Th [...]

    10. I love this series Particularly good ones The Undead Travel by Avi Davis, about how you can visit Transylvania, home of Dracula, but it s mostly about Dracula the popular book movie character than the old Vlad Tepes, and that s okay Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, about, well, driving through Siberia Strange Stones by Peter Hessler, about his friend, quite a character, and the Peace Corps The Ghost Course by David Owen, about rediscovering a golf course in remote Scotland, and it s cooler tha [...]

    11. I don t usually get into these compendiums, but I saw this on the shelf at Big Hat Books the other day for the glorious price of 2.50 and just had to snatch it up Reading Ian Frazier s travels in Siberia was worth the cost of the book alone.I read many of the stories here, and only belatedly recognized that the editor for this edition is none other than Bill Buford , author of one of my better reads this summer, Fire.I loved these travel stories I read so much that I passed this along to my fath [...]

    12. I generally enjoy this series, but hits issue was disappointing The main reason was there were not many real travel pieces, but a lot on personal reflections I hate to say it, but this may be due to the large number of women contributors These authors seemed inclined to describe the inner feelings evoked by the journey rather than the place and people in that place There was all kinds of descriptions of lost loves and personal hurts than geography This sort of literature has its place, I m sure [...]

    13. Any of these Best anthologies will always rub me the wrong way Certain stories are always included because they are written from a far away land, certain ones will be included because they are written by women in dangerous places, certain ones will be included simply because they couldn t be I like the latter ones This particular book of the series had too many of the former I like travel writing, I d like to write some of my own sometime, but this book left most of the places flat That s not go [...]

    14. I ve been reading this series since it came out, and have enjoyed the whirlwind travel experience around the world it gives me every year Yet, I agree with Katie that it s hit and miss I don t have much interest in bats in Suriname or giant cruise ships, though those pieces were mildly interesting Most of the best pieces on Siberia and real estate in Florida I d already read in their original publications.

    15. some very good articles here like down and out in freso by colby buzzell, strange stones by peter hessler, the undead travel by avi davis, and the 2 best ponzi state by george packer and walking an essay on wrting by peter lasalle not the best best travel , i think buford was either lazy or doing all his GUY buddies a favor only one woman, and most contributing journals are VERY mainstream like nat geo, new yorker etc susan Orleans is a way better editor.

    16. This was my least favorite in the series The essays were interesting and a few were very good It is rare to find a boring essay in this series of the best of the best But, Buford had over 100 essays from which to pull his favorites, nearly 50 by women Buford only liked one The book feels lopsided and heavy on the machete Also, Buford included a mediocre essay in which he is quoted prominently Hmmm.

    17. This is a reliably good series if you like short pieces with lots of viewpoints on various travels You won t like everything, but you really will like some of it One thing I found odd was the inclusion of a long piece on the collapsing housing speculation market in Florida It didn t see like a travel piece, except tangentially, but I thought it interesting anyway.As for the rest, please read my first paragraph again.

    18. I swear by the Best American series It compiles the most interesting stories from magazines I just don t have the time to read throughout the year Between this, BA Essays, BA Non required Reading, BA Nature and Science, I read great non fiction pieces about everything There is a story about crossing Russia, from West to East, that is remarkable If you have never tried one of the Best American series, I cannot praise it enough.Again, part of my non fiction run.

    19. You can tell Buford worked for the New Yorker for a long time, because their staff writers are heavily represented in this collection As with any anthology, it s uneven This edition heavily favors New York based writers who are interested in viewing the world through the eyes of self adoration It was a littleh, though it had its moments.

    20. Overall, this is a decent collection of travel writing In my opinion, the best pieces in this collection are the following The Hadza , Travels in Siberia , Batman Returns , Walking An Essay on Writing , In Defense of Tourism , The Ghost Course , The Ponzi State , Lost in the , Me, Myself, and Ribeye , and The Filthy, Fecund Secret of Emilia Romagna.

    21. My favorite pieces from this volume Colby Buzzell, Down Out in Fresno and San Francisco California Michael Finkel, The Hadza East Africa Ian Frazier, Travels in Siberia Russia Christopher Hitchens, The Lovely Stones Athens Susan Orlean, Where Donkeys Deliver Morocco George Packer, The Ponzi State Florida

    22. I am a sucker for all the Best American series, enjoying some than others This was a great entry and I read all the essays included, enjoying most of them immensely From he first essay on finding Judas to near the end on finding the ideal steak in Argentina, I felt this was one of the best of the travel Best American books Great selections.

    23. Lots of good magazine pieces that I missed The highs Ian Frazer s drive across Siberia and George Packer s look at foreclosed Florida both for the New Yorker The lows David Sedaris takes a train, Steven Rinella gorges on Argentinian beef, and somebody else drinks a bunch of wine in Italy.

    24. I always love these anthologies They make me appreciate the genius that is out there right now, help me feel like I am escaping, yet also make me feel lame for not traveling Is that what they call inspirational

    25. I enjoyed it, though I felt it was a weaker entry in comparison to the rest of the series I especially liked the one Anthony Bourdain edited However, because I m obsessed with Russia, I really enjoyed the long, funny piece on Siberia.

    26. An excellent read, with selections that range from a condensed version of Ian Frazier s Travels in Siberia, to the hard working donkeys of Fez, to two weeks with the guy who s walking the length of the.

    27. I have noticed over the years that if there is a male editor, these anthologies tend to become very testosteroni This is one of them Few stories by women, and most of the stories are escapades and adventures, not relationships and experiences.

    28. some great writing, only one female writer, too many friends of the editor New Yorker magazine writers Buford edits that magazine.

    29. not a bad collection of short travel stories, though I never would have read this if it hadn t been a gift for my hubby.

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