If you had to guess, what would you say investor Warren Buffett and civil rights activist Rosa Parks had in common? How about Charles Darwin, Al Gore, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and
Icon. It's a word that's tossed around like pollen on a spring day, spoken without a care and landing just as aimlessly on whatever happens to be in the line of fire. Yet, what is it that truly makes icon?
When I was writing the first edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that