In the New Yorker!

Like Jim Benning over at
, I am a New Yorker fan. Wait, this is an understatement. I live for the New Yorker. It is, IMHO, the best
magazine in the world. In fact, I’m not sure what I would do with myself if it ever went defunct, not that I expect it
to, of course. It’s just that in the wide wacky world of publishing, you never know what’s going to happen. The
emergence of all the LCD/ADD lad mags once worried me that long-form journalism was on the way out.


So as a travel writer, I was downright giddy to learn that this
week’s issue
is dedicated to travel…or journeys to be more precise. For some reason, my issue, which almost always
arrives on Monday, was not in yesterday’s mailbox. I almost wept, but will rush home today to see if it’s there. But I
did check out the Web today and found several of the peices online (btw: someone PLEASE tell the folks over there that
their site SUCKS. I would LOVE to help them with it, if they need advice.).

There are peices by Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley, and a story on back country skiiing (something
we’ve posted about at length) by Nick
Paumgarten. There is also a profile of Brazilian photographer Sebastian Salgado, whose photo essay on whales in a
recent Rolling Stone took my breath away. One of the main pieces is
a wonderful look at Lonely Planet and its
founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler.

Speaking of which, I should also mention that within a day or two, we will post our next
podcast which features an in-depth interview with LP’s Don George. It was
such a treat to talk to Don, who is one of my travel writing heroes. We discussed all sorts of things, including his
new book

Travel Writing
, and, in a similar vein to the New Yorker piece, the “Lonely Planet” effect (you’ll see). Anyway, I
know you’ll enjoy it, so tune in again soon when the podcast is up.