Checking In/Checking Out &

Recently, Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich released Checking In/Checking Out, a two-sided book dedicated to “airplane reading.” In a continuous effort to expand airplane reading, the co-authors launched a corollary website: With the intent of collecting stories about air travel and making such stories available to the public, all stories submitted are “archived indefinitely.” The website encourages submissions of unpublished nonfiction (1000 words or fewer) related to air travel.

The categories labeling the anecdotes on the website range from Atlanta to Cell Phones and Death to Enhanced Pat-Downs. The stories are, for the most part, humorous, though not all of them are about specific experiences; rather, some are more collective such as “One Flight Stands” by Lauren Frederick. Others are pastiches, like Harold Jaffe’s “Docufictions.” And still others are serious re-tellings and explorations of how airplane travel came to affect the authors.

The spectrum of subject matter is so varied, so nuanced, that often the motif that links them to together—air travel or planes—is but a shadow. And yet, this variation is what perhaps will manifest Schaberg and Yakich’s vision, that will garner for airplane reading a vehicle to “rejuvenate the experience of flight.” is always accepting submissions of air travel related nonfiction, and posts daily. On the right side of the web page, the link to submit is clearly marked, “Everyone has a story to tell…Submit yours here.”


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6 thoughts on “Checking In/Checking Out &

  • September 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I love the cover for this book. It’s very new and sounds like it would be a fascinating read.

  • September 16, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I love the idea of this publication. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  • September 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    It’s definitely different and unique. I like the quote on their page: “Everyone has a story to tell…”

  • September 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

    The interesting thing about this website is that its an example of how versatile “prompts” can be. The way the stories differ despite all being about air travel is amazing.

  • September 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love the idea of this book in general. I love being in airports and traveling so I feel like this would be something that I’d really take interest in reading. Plus, the cover art is amazing in itself.

  • September 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    What a good idea! Airports are like their own little worlds and I imagine hold an unlimited number of stories that would be interesting to read.

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