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1 Million Strangled Ducklings Can’t Be Wrong

Paris' legendary restaurant Tour d'Argent will serve its 1 millionth duck next week. But the writeup sounds as if it were written by PETA or the author of the Crunchy Frog sketch. Read More »

At Yacquitepec — A Ghost Mountain poem

In the 1960s, a counter-culture sprung up that preached self-sufficiency, living off the land, doing your own thing, flaunting convention and running around as naked and natural as the land around you. Before the counter-culture was cool, there was Marshal South. In 1932, at the height of the depression, South decided he had had enough of civilization. He packed his ... Read More »

The Proper Walking Process

Did I ever mention that three years of my elementary school education and all four years of my high school ordeal were spent in Japan? Oh. Sorry — I could’ve sworn I had said it somewhere. And no, I don’t/can’t speak Japanese. In high school, my mother convinced me to take Spanish. She said I would have the opportunity to ... Read More »

The Heyday of the Scottish Diesels

This review also appears on Where Worlds Collide, here. After the end of steam in Britain 1968, a great many British railway photographers either hung up their cameras or diverted their attentions abroad, and it was the best part of a decade before a new generation of photographers began recording the current scene again. This leaves the period from 1968 ... Read More »

Why I Hate Canadians

A snappily written collection of slightly over-the-top cultural criticism, with a fairly serious point at the core. If you like that sort of thing, you'll probably enjoy this book, even if you don't know who Farley Mowat is. Read More »