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The Bad Guide to Vienna

Everything about Vienna except what you need to know Read More »

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz

“Ambition leads me not only further than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.” - The Journal of Captain James Cook. So opens Blue Latitudes, author Tony Horwitz’s searching, thoughtful and funny examination of Captain James Cook, whose three great voyages to the Pacific from 1768 to 1779 ... Read More »

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 »

Asia Grace

Coffee table book as photo blog 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 »