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Big TripsBig Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing
Edited by Raphael Kadushin
University of Wisconsin Press
308 pages, $24.95

 

IN HIS INTRODUCTION to Big Trips, Raphael Kadushin—a senior editor for the book’s publisher, the University of Wisconsin Press—affirms his hope that the sixteen entries in this anthology will address two unfortunate tendencies in today’s travel writing. First, he laments the brevity and shallowness of most travel accounts, especially those appearing on the Internet. Second, he criticizes the abandonment of universal themes in classic travel pieces in favor of self-indulgent memoirs. On both counts, this collection succeeds, providing a refreshing alternative to the hollow sound bites that have supplanted more traditional travel narratives.

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