Archive for April, 2016

Destination Story Gold Winner: Paul Theroux’s Cape Cod

Monday, April 25th, 2016

By Michael Shapiro
Wayfaring author returns annually to revel in joys of summer after arduous journeys.
At first glance it might seem surprising to find the roving travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux spending his summers on Cape Cod. Best known for unflinching accounts of extended, gritty journeys, Theroux helped redefine modern travel writing with his 1975 [...]

Cruise Story Gold Winner: No Polish Jokes

Monday, April 18th, 2016

By Lance Mason
An unscripted chapter at sea.
I’d looked forward to this day since the previous New Zealand winter, when I bought the boat ticket in Dunedin. Now it was August again, and I found myself at the Antwerp dockyards about to board a small, rust-encrusted Polish Ocean Lines freighter, the Czaszki, for a two-week [...]

Bad Trip Gold Winner: In Vincent’s Footsteps

Monday, April 11th, 2016

By Erin Byrne
What else except pain and suffering can we expect if we are not well, you and I?
—Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to Theo van Gogh, February 1889
What if all you can do is all you can do? Curl up. Breathe. Exist. Breathe, exist. In. Out.
This was not what was meant to happen [...]

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner: Honey Colored Lies

Monday, April 4th, 2016

By Michael Sano
Secrets surround a romance between a visitor and local in the mountains of Nicaragua.
The music at the discoteca is so loud that I have to shout to be heard. I’m nodding my head, pretending to listen to one of my co-workers, while searching the green slices of light on the dance floor for [...]

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