Friday, December 3, 2010

A fearful traveler confesses all

The San Francisco-based website Salon.com, which I followed avidly in my early days as a journalist, has published a personal essay I originally wrote for my blog about travel, safety, and fear as one of their "Life stories" under the title "All my little illusions of safety." (It's the top story on their homepage in the screen shot to the right.)

Though I sat down to write the story the night after a suicide bomber hit a large public square near my house in Istanbul, the essay draws on thoughts and ideas I've been toying with since 1999, some of which were scrawled on pieces of notebook paper I brought with me all the way to Turkey. It's particularly satisfying to have finally given them shape -- and to see them in (virtual) print.

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