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Prior to the release of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? (Three Rivers Press, 2008), Thomas Kohnstamm ’98 found himself at the center of a global media controversy over the ethics of travel journalism. His memoir takes an unvarnished look at the sometimes compromising and impossible task of writing authoritative guides to foreign destinations, including the unmentionables of the industry: freebies, insufficient pay, and the resulting borrowed and imagined information. Kohnstamm’s details raised concerns over the legitimacy and objectivity of travel writing, particularly for his editors at Lonely Planet. His position as a principle writer for the publisher’s guide to Brazil is a focal point for this complex memoir that aims not to moralize or reveal, but simply to tell the story of a writer with wanderlust and the industry in which he found himself.

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Footnotes

thomas-kohnstamm-do-travel-writers-go-to-hell-130.jpg

Prior to the release of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? (Three Rivers Press, 2008), Thomas Kohnstamm ’98 found himself at the center of a global media controversy over the ethics of travel journalism. His memoir takes an unvarnished look at the sometimes compromising and impossible task of writing authoritative guides to foreign destinations, including the unmentionables of the industry: freebies, insufficient pay, and the resulting borrowed and imagined information. Kohnstamm’s details raised concerns over the legitimacy and objectivity of travel writing, particularly for his editors at Lonely Planet. His position as a principle writer for the publisher’s guide to Brazil is a focal point for this complex memoir that aims not to moralize or reveal, but simply to tell the story of a writer with wanderlust and the industry in which he found himself.

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