Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer by Rolf PottsMarco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer by Rolf Potts

Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer

byRolf Potts

Paperback | September 11, 2008

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Marco Polo Didn't Go There is a collection of rollicking travel tales from a young writer USA Today has called "Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age." For the past ten years, Rolf Potts has taken his keen postmodern travel sensibility into the far fringes of five continents for such prestigious publications as National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, and The New York Times Magazine. This book documents his boldest, funniest, and most revealing journeys-from getting stranded without water in the Libyan desert, to crashing the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio movie in Thailand, to learning the secrets of Tantric sex in a dubious Indian ashram. Marco Polo Didn't Go There is more than just an entertaining journey into fascinating corners of the world. The book is a unique window into travel writing, with each chapter containing a "commentary track"-endnotes that reveal the ragged edges behind the experience and creation of each tale. Offbeat and insightful, this book is an engrossing read for students of travel writing as well as armchair wanderers.
Title:Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel WriterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 0.71 inPublished:September 11, 2008Publisher:Travelers TalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932361618

ISBN - 13:9781932361612

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Potts is one of the best travel writers to emerge in the last decade.Intrepid and thoughtful, he's a Paul Theroux for the backpackergeneration, andMarco Polo reflects this."-San Francisco Chronicle"This hilarious collection of stories provokes because Potts asks theserious question of how to travel in a discovered world. ... If you aspireto be a travel writer, read this book."-The Guardian (U.K.)"Potts isn't so much a travel reporter as a story teller. ... He's moreabout getting under the skin of a place - detailing a cast of charactersthat would either enthrall or scare the hell out of most travelers,depending on where they come down on the trust-paranoia continuum."-Orange County Register"An equal mix of humor and enlightenment... Potts shows travelers andwould-be travelers the joy of immersing oneself in a foreign culture."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2008""Potts, Internet raconteur and travel-advice sage, is the kind of guy youwish the pubs had more of: well traveled, generous with funny stories,eager to listen to yours. You feel envious that you weren't with him inCairo to share the convivial squalor of a backpacker hotel, or at anIndian ashram to study Tantric sex, or even in the Libyan Desert, in thedark, out of water and lost. And he's able to draw insights from all thatwithout draining the fun out of the conversation - difficult to carry offin a pub or a book."-The Washington Post"Armchair travelers will get an enormous kick out of this thoroughlyentertaining book."-Booklist "