One of the opportunities afforded by writing a book like Lunatic is to put a long journey into perspective and to look back over my notes, notes taken always at the moment, and to see a developing narrative thread that I wasn’t even necessarily aware of at the time. That’s especially true as the pages and words mount and the end draws near – the end of the journey, the end of the book.
I re-read my very first blog post the other day and I was amazed at the difference in tone and perspective between March of last year and March of this, and I was bowled over by the sense that the journey had, in fact, done what it was supposed to. The timing had been perfect. It was as if I’d known that going away was the thing to do; I didn’t have any answers when I climbed on the China bus on March 6, 2008, but I was full of questions and a sense, I realize now, that I had to leave in order to find my way home again and that I would, even if that was a new and different home.
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Carl Hoffman is traveling for The Lunatic Express, to be published by Broadway Books in 2009. He is a contributing editor at Na…
One of the things I’m pondering while looking back at my notes and writing Lunatic is the idea of traveling alone, of escaping into the furthest corners of the world, which has always felt good to me.
The crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Buffalo on February 11, 19 days after ending my traveling is a strange reminder of the unpredictability of, well, your fate.
Slumdog Millionaire’s victory at the Oscars last night, just at the time I’m working on Lunatic, reminded me again of the importance of plain old story, told simply and well.
When I landed in Los Angeles I was a five-hour flight from home, which is why climbing on a Greyhound for 72 hours of sitting bolt upright instead took enormous willpower.
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