How to have a Robust Christmas (Part III)

Two years ago, the 76-Second Travel Show noted how the use of ‘robust’ had risen steeply on both sides of the Atlantic, while creating a new Christmas carol for the ages, ‘Robust Christmas (Let’s Make It Robust).’ Here’s the video: And the trend continued last year too in the US, with a steep rise from 900 usages to over 1400 in the New … Read on

What is ‘travel writing’?

A couple days ago I noted, on Twitter, that some of the entries in the new Best American Travel Writing: 2011 aren’t really travel stories. One is a New Yorker piece on the Shinnecock reservation at the Hampton of Hamptons, Southhampton. Writer Ariel Levy talks with officials on efforts to create/block a casino that will likely further clog the Long Island Expressway. Another … Read on

Journal: Omaha Man, 2001

I’m in the long process of digitizing a couple dozen journals put together on Lonely Planet, and other, research trips over the past decade or so. I really liked this guy, met in Omaha on my first LP assignment: updating the Great Plains chapter of the USA guidebook in the spring of 2001: William Reeves volunteers at Omaha’s Great Plains Black History Museum. … Read on