Travel Writing in Real Time: The Evolution of the Travel MemoirBy Jason Boog on Feb 11, 2010 10:23 AM
In an age of Twitter and Google Maps, the art of travel writing is changing. We caught up with one travel writer to find out how the field is evolving.
You can read about his blogged adventures at National Geographic. Press play on the embedded player below to listen. The show will be archived around the mediabistro.com network all morning.
Here's an excerpt: "It's much more shoot-from the hip. This is much more exciting. It's all experimental, I wanted to see if it could be done--to see if you could create a live travel narrative in real time (or as close to real time as possible). So it does challenge the orthodoxy of travel writing as memoir. Where you have more time to put it all together and make it sound pretty. Here, every second as I'm going, I'm thinking, 'what am I experiencing right now?' And that's what I send out into the world--my hope being that when you string it all together it makes a nice necklace of a story."