FIELDS & STATIONS
We publish passion pieces by great travel writers.
We love travel writing and we love travel, and we try hard never to forget that these are two different things.
Were interested in the farthest-flung bits on the map as well as the everyday backyards that suffer from inadequate championing. We are travel nerds who have felt the irresistible lure of a package holiday. We crave the obscure, the profane, the refined, and the common.
We like road trips and code-switching, supermarkets and diglossia, slow trains and amusement parks, route maps and dusty museums, puddle jumpers and mass tourism sites, tasting menus and street food. We love the substance of travel and its details, the opportunities provided by travel to lance the cultural and political divides that threaten the world.
We believe that real and meaningful experiences are not rooted in authenticity. Cultures are constantly changing; a fixation on authenticity locks cultures in a box.
We also believe that there is an internal logic to travel writing, that it is a craft with its own conventions and characteristics, and that even a great writer might be a poor travel writer.
Our contributors make their homes on five continents.
In this issue:
The third issue of Fields & Stations includes short pieces on Fukuoka, Pago Pago, Saint-Louis, Tórshavn, a Saskatchewan hotel, and Haitian clairin, a guide to Santiago de Chile, a special Kolkata essay, love letters to Moscow and Sarvelat, an article on St Helena, a Siem Reap address book, and a photo essay on the Palouse. Wafting throughout are some rich descriptions of place-specific scents. The delightful cover image is by Espirro, a Lisbon-based tattooist and illustrator.