Feb 12, 2008

BIG FAT SPITS IN THE HURRICANE'S EYE

SEATTLE, Washington – Among last year's plot twists, I won travel writing's ersatz Pulitzer for the piece I chucked into the ring last minute: Calm As the Hurricane's Eye.

Silly me. I thought my expat epic At The Seashore with Medea – nicknamed Big Fat, as in "Greek divorce" – would be lauded, if anything. I mean, just lookit all those gratuitous classical references! And the editor compared me to Henry friggin' Miller.

My ego was the size of a Balkan empire ... and just as easily deflated.

But all's well that ends well. Because the story's anthology, Greece, A Love Story, just jabbed back with Best Travel Book for Planet Earth 2008. Rather than split the $100 prize into doppio cappuccinos for all involved, we donated it to Women For Women International.

I, um, bought dive gear with mine.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on another award! Another pair of pink flippers, no doubt.

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