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More Good Gay Travel Writing
Edited by Raphael Kadushin
Publication date November 18, 2008
LC: 2008011964 HQ
312 pp. 6 x 9
Cloth $24.95 t
There are weekend vacations, quick getaways, and overnight jaunts. But in this border-hopping anthology of travel memoir and fiction, every trip is a big one, as an advance guard of adventurous writers—both seasoned names and fresh voices—scatter across the globe, face the pure euphoria and sheer anxiety of travel, and survive a lot of very fast living.
Reviving a time before the travel narrative devolved into puny 10-best lists, these writers don’t get sidetracked by shopping sprees, restaurant tips, or thread-counts. Told with verve, their odysseys remind us, instead, of the larger lures—the need for love, for adventure, for a new sense of place—that tempt us to leave home in the first place.Wanderlust comes in every shape here and crosses every boundary, from Cairo to Florida, from Corfu and Rome to Vienna, Taormina, the Dordogne, and San Francisco. For Aaron Hamburger the big trip is a brave flirtation in Prague. For Dale Peck it’s an oddly romantic whirl through the clubs of London, and for Michael Klein it is the golden light of Provincetown, where everything seems possible. Duncan Fallowell sees classic sensuality in a Sicilian waiter, and Trebor Healey tries to find some sense of home along purely
American backroads. Mack Friedman wanders through Mexico, Andrew Holleran confronts the wasteland of northern Florida, Bruce Benderson returns to a transformed San Francisco, Raphael Kadushin drives through a furry Yorkshire, and Ty Geltmaker remembers Rome when it really did approximate la dolce vita. Edmund White takes a double trip, through Paris and Morocco, and Martin Sherman visits a Greek island, where the intrepid traveler, just starting out, confronts his own loneliness.
A must for anyone who loves to travel, and also anyone who prefers to stay safe at home, Big Trips is an unforgettable voyage out.
“A stellar collection. . . .Big Trips is a big winner; one of the strongest collections of gay men’s writing of the past few years.”—Passport
"A stunning lineup of authors. . .Whether you're hopping a flight or curling up in an armchair, Big Trips will carry you across continents with poignancy, intellect, and a healthy does of the unexpected."—LoAnn Halden, Out Traveler
"...digs deep into the psychic, emotional and sexual adventures of travel in a rich variety of stories and essays by such luminaries as Edmund White, Dale Peck, Martin Sherman, and many others. It all makes us want to book our next flight, or at least gets us dreaming of other places."—Bay Area Reporter
"The contrasting need to leave and find home both exert a powerful pull in this collection. . . [these pieces] have the power to pull you into another world."—Advocate
Raphael Kadushin is an award-winning food and travel writer whose work appears regularly in Bon Appetit, National Geographic Traveler, British Condé Nast Traveler, and the Condé Nast Web sites. His fiction and journalism have been widely anthologized in collections including Men on Men 5, Best Food Writing 2001 and 2008, and National Geographic’s Through the Lens, and he is the editor of the anthology Wonderlands. He is the senior acquisitions editor at the University of Wisconsin Press.
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