Doug Mack is the author of Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day (Perigee Books/Penguin). He lives in Minneapolis, with a digital home at douglasmack.net.
The recent ho-hum reaction to the purchase and ensuing buyback of Frommer’s obscures one key fact: Guidebooks are creators of social change. A defense of their place in the canon.
The internet is an unrelenting enabler of our flaws and an unforgiving archive of them—so should you google your new love interest, or hold off? And what if they google you first?