Travel Writing for Summer Reading
The New York Times Book Review recently published a summer reading special issue. In it, the terrific British travel writer and novelist Lawrence Osborne has an essay on travel writing, along with some summer reading recommendations. He writes about books by John Waters, Iain Sinclair, and Tim Butcher and ruminates on what we look for in travel writing.
Most writers are “passing through,” and we expect no more of them. It’s part of their charm, if they have any. And part of the sometimes dubious premise of travel writing itself.