Flight Patterns

A Century of Stories about Flying by
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flight patterns
flight patterns

Over the last century, air travel has evolved from a high-risk experiment involving a few visionary pioneers to an efficient—and often irritating—means for distributing masses of people to the far reaches of the globe. During its hundred-year history, air travel has yielded writing that is, by turns, heroic, dreamy, subversive, and utterly dire. This anthology traces this trajectory from the early letters and memoirs of Orville Wright and Charles A. Lindbergh, to the diaries of Amelia Earhart. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s heroism gives way to the darkly magical storytelling of Roald Dahl, and the spare, elegiac prose of master stylist James Salter. More recent stories by Erica Jong, Mary Gaitskill, Thomas Beller, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and David Sedaris examine an array of contemporary subjects, from the addictiveness of mile-high sex, to etiquette for cramped seating, and accounts of racial profiling post–9/11. An entertaining refuge for frequent fliers, and a gateway to dreams for nighttime readers, these writings exude the primal fear and cool perspective that can only come from seeing the world—and one’s own life—from a great distance. Flight Patterns renders airplane travel a time capsule of modern life.

Essays, fiction, memoir, and poetry by:
Orville Wright
Charles A. Lindbergh
Beryl Markham
Amelia Earhart
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Roald Dahl
James Salter
James Tate
Joseph Heller
Alice Munro
Tom Wolfe
Erica Jong
Jerry Stahl
Tobias Wolff
Barry Hannah
James Dickey
Grace Paley
Joan Didion
Walter Kirn
Thomas Beller
Jonathan Tel
Sheila M. Schwartz
Bill Broun
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Rachel Cantor
Manuel Gonzales
David Sedaris
Mary Lee Settle
John Bowe
Gary Horn
Linda Yablonsky
Brad Kessler
Bernard Chabbert
Meghan Daum

FLIGHT PATTERNS:
A Century of Stories about Flying
Edited by Dorothy Spears
Open City Books, July 2009, paperback original
$15.95
Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West
Publicity contact: Joanna Yas, editors@opencity.org