Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer

By Rolf Potts

Marco Polo Didn’t move There is a suite of rollicking shuttle stories from a tender author USA Today has known as “Jack Kerouac for the net Age.” For the prior ten years, Rolf Potts has taken his willing postmodern go back and forth sensibility into the a ways fringes of 5 continents for such prestigious guides as National Geographic vacationer, Salon.com, and The ny occasions Magazine. This ebook records his boldest, funniest, and such a lot revealing journeys—from getting stranded with no water within the Libyan wilderness, to crashing the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio motion picture in Thailand, to studying the secrets and techniques of Tantric intercourse in a doubtful Indian ashram.

Marco Polo Didn’t pass There is greater than simply an exciting trip into interesting corners of the area. The e-book is a different window into go back and forth writing, with each one bankruptcy containing a “commentary track”—endnotes that display the ragged edges in the back of the event and production of every story. Offbeat and insightful, this ebook is an engrossing learn for college kids of commute writing in addition to armchair wanderers.

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This postscript is an try to make up for that omission. i will observe prematurely that those endnotes are neither even-handed nor complete. they do not extend a lot at the tale in query, nor do they show the reader within the methods of shuttle writing. All they do is provide a quick glimpse into the unusual little universe that may exist in the back of a possible effortless commute tale. 2. web page 218, paragraph 3:... a blur of tollbooths, fuel stations, street indicators, stray livestock, cacti, and one-night affordable lodges I grew to become concerned with the Land Rover day trip really by accident: My cousin was once conversant in the journey leaders, and whereas i used to be traveling San Francisco on a publication travel in early 2003 they requested if i used to be drawn to becoming a member of their excursion because the staff journalist.

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And now you promote fish in Grenada. " "Among different issues. we've got been doing this each Friday for seven months, and now we plow through 80 kilos of shrimp in an evening. Fish Friday has develop into so renowned that folks realize me all over the place I go-even in St. George's. after all, most folks do not take into accout my identify, in order that they simply name me `Fish Kebob'. " As I ate my shrimp and listened to Fish Kebob describe the languorous velocity of his weekly time table, I felt the targeted twinge of 1 ultimate sin: envy. After approximately every week on Grenada, I coveted Urs's happy-go-lucky island way of life.

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