My virtual book tour
for Marco Polo Didn't Go There
ended just last week, and -- while it was a lot of work -- it ended up being quite the success. Over course of ten days, I visited online venues like Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Work Week
and National Geographic Traveler
's Intelligent Travel
to answer questions and share stories and photos. CNN.com ended up linking my interview with Budget Travel's "This Just In"
from its front page, and both the New York Times
' Ideas Blog
and Arts & Letters Daily
linked my Q&A at World Hum
(which, while not an official part of my virtual tour, did coincide with the event).
During the course of this online tour, I answered all manner of questions about travel and travel writing, including advice for aspiring writers
, my most shocking moments
as a traveler, and the cross-cultural ramifications of wiping your ass
. This was all great, and I loved tackling those kinds of queries.
What I wish sometimes, however, is that someone would ask me the kind of questions they ask rock stars in Blender Magazine
Ever read Blender
? It's great stuff -- a hilarious blend of music advice, brief celebrity interviews, and obsessively categorized music nostalgia and trivia. I mean, sure, I subscribe to The New Yorker
, The Economist
, Poets & Writers
, and a whole pile of travel magazines -- but when I return home from a journey to dig into my stack of magazines, I often find myself going for Blender
first. It's just good fun.
Since nobody ever asked my any Blender
-style rock star questions during my virtual tour, I think I'll ask those questions of myself right now. Here goes!