Topic archives: Paul Donoughue

‘Of pity, superiority, disgust’: Laura Jean McKay’s <i>Holiday In Cambodia</i>

‘Of pity, superiority, disgust’: Laura Jean McKay’s Holiday In Cambodia

July 5, 2013 4

Guest Post by Paul Donoughue It was on a long bus ride toward Sarajevo, past shells of houses full of grass and dirt, that I first became aware of the idea of atrocity tourism. The capital of Bosnia Herzegovina is a lovely place. Apart from being visually stunning — a collection of low-set buildings and […]

There’s No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash’s <i>Nothing Gold Can Stay</i>

There’s No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay

April 8, 2013 1

Guest Post I’ve visited Charleston, South Carolina, a few times. It’s a beautiful city: old, by US standards, retaining some of the aesthetic quirks of British and French colonialism. There’s narrow cobblestone streets, Art Deco buildings and elaborate white mansions. Strangers on the street ask about your day. And there’s the location: the lower half […]