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Milwaukee Winter Images

Milwaukee was particularly beautiful today – the lake brought in a stack of fog and mist, the weather was unseasonably warm, if quite moist and windy. Some images I captured… (Incidentally, check the book referenced above for some excellent images of Milwaukee through the years) Read More »

“The Darling” by Russell Banks

“The Darling” by Russell Banks is his latest novel, a combination of contemporary historical fiction and highly evocative literary prose. I’ve only read one other Russell Banks novel, “Rule of the Bone”, and seen the two movies adapted from his novels, “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter”, so don’t have a lot of comparisons to his other work, though there are ... Read More »

The Last Wilderness

Sir Edmund Hillary has criticized a US-British plan to build a 1600-km road through Antarctica linking McMurdo Station to the Amundsen-Scott base Read More »

Looking for Japan

If you’re looking for Japan, you’ve certainly come to the right place at the right time. Just a couple of eras ago, a mere second in geological terms, you might have drowned. Read More »

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Written by J. Maarten Troost and subtitled “Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific”, this is one of the funnier books I have read lately. I’m talking laugh-out-loud funny. Broken into a number of chapters (with titles like “Chapter 4 — In which the author finally sets foot on Distant Tarawa [the island where the author goes], where he is led by ... Read More »

Sadly Funny

Just found in a books chainstore a heavily discounted beautiful book – red hardcover, excellent paper, jacket – a pleasure to hold and behold: Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad”. I’m still at the beginning yet already reading Twain’s humorous description of the German students’ spartan corps code and their insane dueling, one stops smiling. A root, unstroken. >”…It was considered ... Read More »

Bilbao. James Rosenquist. Rings a bell?

1. 1983 In the beginning, when HILAI wasn’t even a seed, just an idea burning in my bones, I met in NYC with the Director of The New Israel Fund. I was told right away that first of all I must create a non-profit organization. Never heard of such a creature. The only ones in Israel at that time, almost ... Read More »


Even though the largest Caribbean festival in North America takes place right under my nose, I've never really participated in Caribana until this past weekend. I'm glad I did! Read More »