Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts’s newest book is Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and The Best American Travel Writing. When not traveling, he is based in rural Saline County, Kansas.

    September 2008: The Henry Ford of Literature
    How one of the most prolific publishers in U.S. history ended up floating dead in his swimming pool—possibly murdered by the FBI.
  • March/April 2008: Humor Doesn’t Translate Internationally
    Classic B movies were campy and self-conscious. To sell in global markets, the cheap knockoff films of today must be resolutely self-serious.
  • October 2006: The Tourist Who Influenced the Terrorists
    Arab travelers to the U.S. can be just as credulous, self-absorbed, and touristically dorky as their American counterparts.
    Online Exclusives: The Last Antiwar Poem
    Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Wichita Vortex Sutra” seems doomed to be eternally overshadowed by the poet’s celebrated “Howl”. Rolf Potts explains why this lesser-known work — which he calls an elegy for the power of language in an age of competing information — has never been more relevant.
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