I’ve been back in Barbados, visiting my folks, for about a week and a half now. It’s been a restful time: I’ve been eating well, enjoying plenty of sunshine and fresh air, and getting caught up on sleep that I didn’t even realize I’d been missing. We spent the weekend on Bequia – one of my favourite places in the world – and have tickets for the ICC T20 cricket tournament on Friday. Life is good.
I’ve also been aiming to get caught up on email, editing, and other professional administration-type stuff – so if you’re waiting to hear from me, hang in there. And, of course, I’m way past due for an update on this site. So here goes:
The big news around World Hum this month was our inclusion as a Webby Award Honoree for Best Copy/Writing. The other honorees included NPR, BBC and Vanity Fair, and being listed was a huge thrill. Congrats and thanks to all our fine writers!
And speaking of fine writers, here are some highlights from the last month in World Hum features:
- We published a couple of really powerful personal narratives in mid-April: In The Leap at Crater Lake, Amy Eward confronts her infertility and the strain it’s placing on her marriage, while in An Unexpected Trip, Katherine Lonsdorf shares the lessons she learned after an assault by a cab driver in Jordan.
- We also ran a five-part series from Frank Bures, The Roads Between Us: A Journey Across Africa, along with a very cool Google map that includes some additional notes from Frank’s West African road trip.
- It’s always a pleasure to have Pico Iyer’s byline on the site. His latest for us is an exploration of the lives and works of Jan Morris and V.S. Naipaul, two “master portraitists” of travel writing.
- And finally, today we published a fine humor piece from columnist Tom Swick, imagining what might happen when a travel writer takes the podium.
I’ve got a few stories in the works, but nothing up on the site just yet. Stay tuned.