Monday, January 07, 2019

Literary Travel Writing: Synge, Kapuscinski / Wordpress in 2019

By C.M. Mayo

Warmest wishes to you, dear writerly readers, for a fabulously felicitous and swirlingly creative 2019.

With the new year two brilliant titles have just been added to my list of recommended literary travel memoirs: J.M. Synge's The Aran Islands and Ryszard Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus. The former is a classic of the Irish Renaissance published in 1907; the latter, the memoir / meditation of an extraordinary Polish international journalist of covering India, China, Africa, and more in the 1950s and '60s. Both these memoirs were written well before the advent of smartphones and social media and in many ways reading them--and on paper-- felt like... profound relief. I'll have more to say about smartphones, social media, and literary travel writing in next Monday's post.

Speaking of writing, I can scarcely believe it but in 2019 "Madam Mayo," this veritable Methusela of blogdom, will celebrate its 13th year. And it has been blinking & beeping on my "to do" list for nearly all of these many years to take my own advice and get off of this Google platform onto self-hosted Wordpress. [>>CONTINUE READING THIS POST ON THE NEW SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS BLOG, MADAM-MAYO.COM]