As I wander around lurking through the plethora of online travel blogs, it appears that an occasional interview of someone with ostensible travel-cred is requisite to the appearance of a legitimate travel blog.
Or to paraphrase Billy Crystal paraphrasing Fernando Lamas,
“It’s better to look good than to be good!”
So with that in mind, here are the interview questions I put on to arguably the transcendent adventure travel writer of our era, Tim Cahill. Cahill can probably be credited with creating the modern genre of adventure travel and adventure travel writers, including those of the wannabe category, such as the author of this page.
One only has to go back and read years of his words in Outside Magazine to appreciate the true literary impact of his amazing story-telling ability. (This excludes the recent years where–in my not-so-humble opinion, the magazine–sans Cahill, has become a fashion and pop trend publication of the 20-something’s.)
As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently attended the nationally recognized annual travel writers’ conference at Book Passage in Marin County. Tim Cahill was there and–as was appropriate for his stature–was followed by a phalanx of admirers.
As the Sand dollar Adventures Proxy (SAP) I was able to penetrate the perimeter of paparazzi and pose the following questions to Cahill:
SAP: “Tim–have you checked out my blog, Sand Dollar Adventures? I write just like you.”
Cahill: “The Capri salad is quite good.”
SAP: “Did you really run a marathon in Dublin? Did you get an O.K. from your doctor first?”
Cahill: “Attending these writing conferences is a lot more difficult than it should be.”
SAP: “Is that really John Flinn, Senior Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, hiding behind that umbrella pole? Hey John, have you checked out my blog?”
Cahill: “This is really well written; let me make a few notes on it.”
SAP: “Wow, I didn’t know you had a copy of my blog with you, Tim.”
Cahill: “Well Anabela, I guess it’s time to get back into the classroom. There’s this one guy…”
SAP: “What…are you getting up? Where’re you going, Tim? Can I join you?”
For you many travel bloggers out there reading this compelling interview and wishing you could get this close to the iconic Cahill, don’t get the idea it is always this easy.
The interview ended with me typing this blog post late at night–Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old single malt Scotch whiskey in hand (three ice cubes only, please), wearing nothing more than my Fruit Of The Loom tighty-whities (hence the “Travel Writing Exposed” reference in the title).
Hanging with bona fide adventure travel writers; drinking hard liquor at all times of the day or night; sitting at my computer virtually naked–it doesn’t get much more mind-numbing evocative than that, Mr. Habegger.