Wednesday, 30 April 2008

True Lies?

A former travel writer, Thomas Kohnstamm, has written a book called Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

As travel writers go, he was pretty crap by all accounts. Stealing other people research, getting freebies in exchange for writing good reviews, and sometimes not even bothering to go to the places he was writing about.

He told Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun newspaper: “[Lonely Planet] didn’t pay me enough to go to Colombia. I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating who was in an intern in the Colombian consulate.”

After all this lying, cheating and stealing, perhaps he will end up in journalist hell. But what would that consist of? 10-hour interviews with Joe Pasquale? Glamour shoots of Maggie Thatcher? A thousand page article on why he is so rubbish..?

Let us know what you think about Kohnstamn and his dubious antics in the name of 'journalism' over on our forum.

Over and out,

Tracks Editor x

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