Roger L. Simon

The "Lonely Planet" just got lonelier

I’d sell my stock (if you have any) in those “Lonely Planet” travel books after the revelation that one of their (apparently main) writers dealt drugs and plagiarized to support writing their Colombia guidebook. He never even went to Colombia. Here’s the fun part: “I wrote the book in San Francisco [California],” he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. “I got the information from a chick I was dating — an intern in the Colombian Consulate.”

[Hey, did you ever use one of those “Lonely Planet” books in all your travels?-ed. I plead the Fifth… but, funny thing, there was this supposedly great Pho joint in Phuket I traveled fifty miles for… and it turned out be a laundromat.]