Blog posts tagged with 'qa'

An Interview with Stephan Van Dam
Map maker, designer and entrepreneur Stephan Van Dam shares the vision and inspiration behind his unique maps, from sexy packaging to the “art of ellipses.”
  Longitude. How and when did VanDam Maps begin? Van Dam. While studying environmental design at Parsons I invented an origami design which refolded automatically. It craved cartographic uses. So I sought out a group of European cartographers to show me the ropes and became a map maker. I also patented the fold and built a machine to fold the maps. When American Express agreed to offer The World Unfolds to card members I was in business and a publisher.

Interview with Carol Devine & Wendy Trusler
Of interest to armchair travelers, environmentalists, adventurers and foodies alike, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is an absorbing chronicle of a 55-person environmental cleanup expedition in Bellingshausen, Antarctica. The two authors, Carol Devine, who organized the trip, and expedition chef Wendy Trusler, share the rich experiences and creative thought that went into their captivating travelogue.
Longitude. What first inspired you to take a group of volunteers to clean up a portion of the Antarctic? Did you find the prospect intimidating at the time?
An Interview with David Gessner
In his latest book, All the Wild That Remains, David Gessner follows in the footsteps of two great environmentalists, Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches. His homage to the West and to the two writers who celebrated and defended it inspires and entertains while asking important questions about our role in cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild. Gessner agreed to discuss some of our own questions about the intersection of ecology and travel, of wandering and the wild.
An Interview with Charlie Carroll
Inspired by a long-time obsession with Tibet, high school English teacher Charlie Carroll, took a sabbatical to explore the country of his dreams, contending with Chinese bureaucracy, struggling across harsh terrain and encountering breathtaking altitudes. At a teahouse on the border of China and Tibet, he met Lobsang, a Tibetan exile who crossed the Himalayas years before. Carroll discusses his decision to tell the story of both of their journeys in the volatile region in Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet.
An Interview with Michael Booth
In his new book The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Guardian journalist Michael Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history with his own experiences, including residency in Denmark and travel throughout Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. In this interview, Booth elucidates the idiosyncrasies and charms of each Scandinavian nation, from eco-footprints to Legoland.
  Longitude. Your book encourages readers to look past tropes and stereotypes about the Nordic countries. Were you guilty of buying into some of the stereotypes yourself? Which ones? Booth.
An Interview with Michael Meyer
Michael Meyer, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, discusses his latest book In Manchuria. Working in the groove of many great travel writers, Meyer blends narrative nonfiction, memoir and reportage for an honest look at rural Northeast China (Dongbei, formerly known as Manchuria). Traveling by train and bus across the region in search of its history, which has been largely erased due to the Cultural Revolution, he gives voice to a phenomenon that is sweeping China as villages shift from commune to company town. Meyer has written previously on China in
An Interview with Aaron Frankel
An interview with Managing Director of Groovy Map Aaron Frankel, who has lived in Bangkok for 40 years, growing up there and returning to start his own advertising company after college. Frankel discusses his map business, Groovy Map Co. Ltd., which he founded in 1999. Groovy Maps are easy-to-use, laminated map guides to cities and countries throughout Asia. Each map contains helpful listings, such as transportation options, cuisine, nightlife, shopping and local culture.
  Longitude. Window seat or aisle? Frankel. Window seat whenever possible.  My favorite activity on-board is comparing the on-board aircraft location maps to the real cities below.
An Interview with Marie Mockett
Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett discusses her frequent travels to Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami, captured in her new travel memoir Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. Her book is an unpretentious and engaging introduction to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism as well as an exploration of how a particular culture accepts loss and alleviates suffering.
  Longitude. Rather than being the record of a straight chronological journey, your book gathers several different trips to Japan into one narrative. How would you describe the guiding force behind your journey as a whole? Mockett.
An Interview with Alison Singh Gee
An interview with award-winning Chinese-American journalist Alison Singh Gee, who discusses her glittering expatriate memoir about finding love and navigating the difficulties of an Indian royal family, Where the Peacocks Sing. In the "swish, fragrant existence" of Hong Kong glitterati, the young writer meets her future husband Ajay and dives into his world: a hundred-room palace outside New Delhi. We asked Alison to tell us how her extensive international travel shaped her book, which was named a National Geographic Book of the Month.