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bio, contact info,  random trivia

books, essays, articles, etc.

offbeat history,

bits of insight

news, notes,

stray thoughts

 

 

ABOUT ME

 

I'm a Minneapolis-based writer and the author of two books: Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day, about traveling around Europe with a 1960s guidebook (Perigee Books/Penguin, 2012; more info here), and The Not-Quite States of America, about the US territories (coming February 2017 from W. W. Norton; more info here).

 

I specialize in offbeat takes on familiar topics and issues--the unexpected story hiding in plain sight, the new angle on the thing you thought you knew all about. I'm a travel writer who doesn't mind being called a tourist or, at times, staying firmly on the beaten path, because I believe there are always plenty of stories left to find, if only you know where to look. Many of my stories offer a strong sense of place and a deep dive into history.

 

My articles and essays have appeared in all kinds of places, including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Morning News, WorldHum.com, the Onion AV Club, and the Lonely Planet travel writing anthology A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World.

 

I graduated from Carleton College  and live in south Minneapolis with my wife and daughter. I like Rollerball pens,  Rollbahn notebooks, and slab serif fonts. Favorite food: pain au chocolat. My drink: Scotch ale or a ridiculous cocktail made with rum. Or you  can't go wrong with lemonade. For more about my background as a writer and assorted other tidbits, read this interview with Rolf Potts or this one with  Alexis Grant.

 

KEEP IN TOUCH

 

I love hearing from readers, and though I just don't always have time to write back, I do try (particularly for real, hard-copy mail).

 

PO Box 1922

Minneapolis, MN (USA) 55458-1922

 

doug@douglasmack.net

@douglasmack

 

For book stuff

 

My literary agent is Alice Tasman at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.  My publicist is Will Scarlett at Norton.

 

RANDOM TRIVIA

 

First trip abroad: Scotland, at the age of eight.

 

Writes either at home or in the public library--too easily distracted to work in a coffee shop.

 

Favorite books: The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien), Heat (Bill Buford), Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller),  A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson), Bel Canto (Ann Patchett), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo).

 

I have Crohn's Disease and an ileostomy. Don't worry about it.

 

PASTRY TIPS

 

I have a pastry fixation. They're one of the first things I seek out when visiting a new city. I'm particularly obsessed with pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants). My favorite ever is at Gerard Mulot in Paris. These are bit more rustic and flaky than what you'll more highfalutin' places in Paris (like Ladurée). The shop is near the Jardin du Luxembourg, so grab some napkins and have a picnic. In Minneapolis, my favorite bakeries are A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop (old-school, cheap, kitschy, delicious), Patisserie 46, and Salty Tart.  If you have any pain au chocolat tips, please send them my way!

 

 

 

ABOUT ME

 

I'm a Minneapolis-based writer and the author of two books: Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day, about traveling around Europe with a 1960s guidebook (Perigee Books/Penguin, 2012; more info here), and The Not-Quite States of America, about the US territories (coming February 2017 from W. W. Norton; more info here).

 

I specialize in offbeat takes on familiar topics and issues--the unexpected story hiding in plain sight, the new angle on the thing you thought you knew all about. I'm a travel writer who doesn't mind being called a tourist or, at times, staying firmly on the beaten path, because I believe there are always plenty of stories left to find, if only you know where to look. Many of my stories offer a strong sense of place and a deep dive into history.

 

My articles and essays have appeared in all kinds of places, including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Morning News, WorldHum.com, the Onion AV Club, and the Lonely Planet travel writing anthology A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World.

 

I graduated from Carleton College  and live in south Minneapolis with my wife and daughter. I like Rollerball pens,  Rollbahn notebooks, and slab serif fonts. Favorite food: pain au chocolat. My drink: Scotch ale or a ridiculous cocktail made with rum. Or you  can't go wrong with lemonade. For more about my background as a writer and assorted other tidbits, read this interview with Rolf Potts or this one with  Alexis Grant.

 

KEEP IN TOUCH

 

I love hearing from readers, and though I just don't always have time to write back, I do try (particularly for real, hard-copy mail).

 

PO Box 1922

Minneapolis, MN (USA) 55458-1922

 

doug@douglasmack.net

@douglasmack

 

For book stuff

 

My literary agent is Alice Tasman at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.  My publicist is Will Scarlett at Norton.

 

RANDOM TRIVIA

 

First trip abroad: Scotland, at the age of eight.

 

Writes either at home or in the public library--too easily distracted to work in a coffee shop.

 

Favorite books: The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien), Heat (Bill Buford), Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller),  A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson), Bel Canto (Ann Patchett), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo).

 

I have Crohn's Disease and an ileostomy. Don't worry about it.

 

PASTRY TIPS

 

I have a pastry fixation. They're one of the first things I seek out when visiting a new city. I'm particularly obsessed with pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants). My favorite ever is at Gerard Mulot in Paris. These are bit more rustic and flaky than what you'll more highfalutin' places in Paris (like Ladurée). The shop is near the Jardin du Luxembourg, so grab some napkins and have a picnic. In Minneapolis, my favorite bakeries are A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop (old-school, cheap, kitschy, delicious), Patisserie 46, and Salty Tart.  If you have any pain au chocolat tips, please send them my way!

 

 

ABOUT ME

 

I'm a Minneapolis-based writer and the author of two books: Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day, about traveling around Europe with a 1960s guidebook (Perigee Books/Penguin, 2012; more info here), and The Not-Quite States of America, about the US territories (coming February 2017 from W. W. Norton; more info here).

 

I specialize in offbeat takes on familiar topics and issues--the unexpected story hiding in plain sight, the new angle on the thing you thought you knew all about. I'm a travel writer who doesn't mind being called a tourist or, at times, staying firmly on the beaten path, because I believe there are always plenty of stories left to find, if only you know where to look. Many of my stories offer a strong sense of place and a deep dive into history.

 

My articles and essays have appeared in all kinds of places, including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Morning News, WorldHum.com, the Onion AV Club, and the Lonely Planet travel writing anthology A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World.

 

I graduated from Carleton College  and live in south Minneapolis with my wife and daughter. I like Rollerball pens,  Rollbahn notebooks, and slab serif fonts. Favorite food: pain au chocolat. My drink: Scotch ale or a ridiculous cocktail made with rum. For more about my background as a writer and assorted other tidbits, read this interview with Rolf Potts or this one with  Alexis Grant.

 

KEEP IN TOUCH

 

I love hearing from readers, and though I just don't always have time to write back, I do try (particularly for real, hard-copy mail).

 

PO Box 1922

Minneapolis, MN (USA) 55458-1922

 

doug@douglasmack.net

@douglasmack

 

For book stuff

 

My literary agent is Alice Tasman at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

My publicist is Will Scarlett at Norton.

 

RANDOM TRIVIA

 

First trip abroad: Scotland, at the age of eight.

 

Writes either at home or in the public library--too easily distracted to work in a coffee shop.

 

Favorite books: The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien), Heat (Bill Buford), Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller),  A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson), Bel Canto (Ann Patchett), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo).

 

I have Crohn's Disease and an ileostomy. Don't worry about it.

 

PASTRY TIPS

 

I have a pastry fixation. They're one of the first things I seek out when visiting a new city. I'm particularly obsessed with pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants). My favorite ever is at Gerard Mulot in Paris. These are bit more rustic and flaky than what you'll more highfalutin' places in Paris (like Ladurée). The shop is near the Jardin du Luxembourg, so grab some napkins and have a picnic. In Minneapolis, my favorite bakeries are A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop (old-school, cheap, kitschy, delicious), Patisserie 44, and Salty Tart. If you have any pain au chocolat tips, please send them my way!

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