September 5, 2018

Paul Theroux on Travel

Travel is an optimistic form of living because you assume if you’re traveling that good things are going to happen to you. No one thinks, “I’m going to go to a place and terrible things are going to happen.” Travel is sort of optimism in action and you think there’s something good down the road. . . . There’s always that sense of “it’s going to be all right.”
— Paul Theroux, speaking at the The John Adams Institute, Amsterdam (January 2017)

Click here to read our review of Theroux’s 1975 travel book, The Great Railway Bazaar.