Wednesday, November 9, 2011

good travel writing

What does good travel writing look like?  I think it looks very much like this:

    “I come suddenly into a foreign city, just as the lamps take light along the water, with some notes in my head . . . I try out the language with the taxi driver, to see if it’s still there; and later, I walk to a restaurant which is lurking around a corner in my memory.  Nothing, of course, has changed; but cities flow on like water, and, like water, they close behind any departure.”
                                                                  -- Alastair Reid, Passwords (1964)

Reid is a poet and I think the best writing is poetic prose.

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