Category Archives: Travel

On Rachel Shteir and Linkbait

Last week Rachel Shteir’s review of The Third Coast, Golden, and You Were Never in Chicago appeared in the New York Times Book Review (though she claims it is actually an essay). Proud Chicagoans quickly responded: every city has problems, … Continue reading

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Vibrams and Moosejaw Marketing

I just got a pair of Vibram Five Finger Shoes in which I hope to run. If you’ve never seen them they are sort of a tough, second skin that goes over your foot. They are very popular among barefoot … Continue reading

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Paul Handley’s The King Never Smiles

The King Never Smiles: A Biography Of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul M. Handley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’d heard about this book for years, and as someone who had lived in Thailand was very curious about it. … Continue reading

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Review of Myers’ The Cleanest Race

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B.R. Myers My rating: 3 of 5 stars I picked up this book after reading an op-ed from Myers in the Times; there he hit on the … Continue reading

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Henry Miller and the Economist

Once in awhile the literaturist comes across a phrase that crosses the usual boundaries (genre, venue) and has to wonder if the more recent author had the older in mind. I came across an example in the most recent issue … Continue reading

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One weekend in Houston

I just got back from Houston (where I had a great time and had some amazing food) and compiled a list of signs, billboards and stores that I’d seen while there: Fox News Retail Store Golf Cars of Houston Superstore … Continue reading

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Mike’s Bikes

A conversation with a friend at the bar reminded me of this email I sent out just about six (!) years ago. I thought I’d post it. you know, for old times’ sake. Hey Everyone, I’ve been on the ground … Continue reading

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