sub-genre storytelling, under the travel story umbrella, is the
father/son journey. In this story, the father, Bob Steinberg,
a retired NASA physicist, spent 4 years on a merchant marine ship
back in his youth. The son is a writer, Neil, who has been struggling
since childhood to connect with his dad.
Bob and Neil are like oil and water. These men embarked on a similar
ship as the one Bob took 50 years ago, on a similar route, across
the Atlantic. Neil had hoped 30 days at sea would bring them closer
has written about the voyage in a new book, Dont Give
Up the Ship and, frankly, its not a warm and fuzzy
dad-and-lad tale. Its largely a story of friction and disappointment.
Its also about shame, because the whole impetus for the
trip was Neil remembering how great the first trip was for his