Kadushin, Raphael, editor. "Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing", University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.
I first read Raphael Kadushin's writing in "Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing" and was amazed at the collection. Now he follows that book up with "Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing" and it is just as amazing as the first book. Kadushin brings together some of the A-list gay authors including Edmund White, Trebor Healey, Dale Peck and Brian Bouldrey. The book rests somewhere between memoir and travel fiction and each selection is a gem. The selections are straight forward and fascinating to read and are very different from each other. There is a great deal of literary talent in this volume and the places written about range from Corfu to Italy to Britain to America. Yet they all have one thing in common--a new kind of travel writing and a sense of love. We see traveling as a collection of impressions that endure and when the thoughts are recorded, it is possible to revisit places when we want to---and if we can't go we can read someone else's impressions.
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There are weekend vacations, quick getaways, and overnight jaunts. But in this border-hopping anthology of travel memoir and fiction, every trip is a big one, as an advance guard of adventurous writers both seasoned names and fresh voices scatter across the globe, face the pure euphoria and sheer anxiety of travel, and survive a lot of very fast living. Reviving a time before the travel narrative devolved into puny 10-best lists, these writers don't get sidetracked by shopping sprees, restaurant tips, or thread-counts. Told with verve, their odysseys remind us, instead, of the larger lures the need for love, for adventure, for a new sense of place that tempt us to leave home in the first place. Wanderlust here comes in every shape and crosses every boundary, from Cairo to Florida, from Corfu and Rome to Vienna, Taormina, the Dordogne, and San Francisco. For Aaron Hamburger the big trip is a brave flirtation in Prague. For Dale Peck it's an oddly romantic whirl through the clubs of London, and for Michael Klein it is the golden light of Provincetown, where everything seems possible. Duncan Fallowell sees classic sensuality in a Sicilian waiter, and Trebor Healey tries to find some sense of home along purely American backroads. Mack Friedman wanders through Mexico, Andrew Holleran confronts the wasteland of northern Florida, Bruce Benderson returns to a transformed San Francisco, Raphael Kadushin drives through a furry Yorkshire, and Ty Geltmaker remembers Rome when it really did...