Thomas Kohnstamm visits Google's Kirkland, WA office to discuss his book "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism." This event took place on January 21, 2009, as part of the [email protected] series. Thomas Kohnstamm is by turns a writer, traveler, and seeker of all that is odd, adventurous, and ridiculous. Born in 1975, Thomas traveled extensively during his youth and wrote his first book for Lonely Planet shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College. For some reason, the United States government saw fit to pay for him to get an MA at Stanford University in Latin American Studies, which further galvanized his wanderlust and made him even less qualified for a normal career. Thomas went on to write for over a dozen Lonely Planet books and contribute to Travel + Leisure, Time Out New York, The SF Chronicle, and numerous other publications. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.