Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing

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Raphael Kadushin
University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books, 2004 - Travel - 278 pages
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    Living up to its title, Wonderlands comes fueled by wanderlust and features every kind of wonderland. In fact, the collection’s contributors—a mix of established gay writers and the best of the new generation—don’t settle for the obvious. Focusing on the sheer visceral thrill of travel, the adventure of it, they set out all over the world and always find something unexpected: love, passion, history, themselves.
    The result is an anthology of dynamic writing that will motivate readers to book their next flight, or at least get them dreaming of other places. And the places are legion. Mack Friedman sets off into the deceptively butch wilds of Alaska. Robert Tewdwr Moss tracks through the back roads of Syria and his own version of Arabian nights. Colm Tobin discovers a Spanish Brigadoon and Edward Field drinks tea with Paul Bowles. For Wayne Koestenbaum Vienna is both a city of high low culture, and for Philip Gambone Asia becomes a place of second chances. Raphael Kadushin settles into the ethereal sun of a Dutch spring. Michael Lowenthal remembers a jarring encounter in the Scottish Highlands, and Tim Miller tallies the 1001 beds he has slept in all over the world. And Edmund White, in a classic of elegiac travel writing, recounts his harrowing drive through the Sahara with a man he loved.

    Brian Bouldrey
    Mitch Cullin
    Edward Field
    Mack Friedman
    Philip Gambone
    Rigoberto González
    Raphael Kadushin
    Wayne Koestenbaum
    Matthew Link
    Michael Lowenthal
    Alistair McCartney
    J. S. Marcus
    David Masello
    Tim Miller
    Robert Tewdwr Moss
    Boyer Rickel
    Bruce Shenitz
    Colm Tóibín
    Edmund White

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In this anthology for the gay male armchair traveler, travel writer Kadushin has collected 19 travel stories and essays by such prominent authors as Edmund White, Philip Gambone, Edward Field, Colm ... Read full review


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Raphael Kadushin is humanities editor at the University of Wisconsin Press and a contributing editor at Bon Appétit magazine. He contributes to a wide range of publications—among them National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, and Out Traveler—and his work appears in a variety of collections including Men on Men 5, Best Food Writing 2001, and Through the Lens: National Geographic Best Photographs. Kadushin is winner of the 2002 Bedford Pace Travel Writing Prize.

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