THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

The Find: Armchair traveling

By Jan Gardner
August 28, 2011

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Born in New York, Paul Bowles lived in Tangier, Morocco, on and off for decades. He writes brilliantly about his adopted homeland: its music, people, drug culture, and jumble of architectural styles. Yet his finely tuned senses and elegant writing will seduce readers into following him wherever he wanders, be it Paris, Madeira, Kenya, or Ceylon (where he bought an island). “Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993’’ (Ecco) includes 30 essays - many from Holiday magazine and The Nation - that haven’t been collected or reprinted before. Luckily for today’s armchair traveler, Bowles could not be rushed into moving on.