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[Art] must reflect the world in all its brutality and beauty, not in hopes of changing it but in the mean and selfish desire to not be enrolled in its lie, to not be coopted by the television dreams, to not ignore the great crimes all around us. — Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Category Archives: Travel
Packing for a lengthy trip that includes a great deal of moving on and off trains, buses, boats and trams (not to mention walking) presents a particular challenge for a reader who hopes to travel light: How many books should … Continue reading
Just a quick post, to let my readers know I’ll be back soon, blogging about books and writing and other stuff. Meanwhile, turn on that radio in back of you and let’s go dancin’ in the street!
Having adventures. Will be back eventually.
Lev Grossman, The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), The Magician’s Land (2014) CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books, 1950-1956) Warning: If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Narnia, some critical plot elements are revealed here. For about an … Continue reading
I’d have posted this earlier, but Amtrak’s Empire Builder doesn’t have wifi! That put a real cramp in my style, I can tell you. How did we live pre-wifi? Obviously, I survived. Much of the trip, including our path through the … Continue reading
Alexander McCall Smith, 44 Scotland Street series (2005 – no end in sight) If you like your soap operas literate, breezy, quirky, and in book form, then the prolific Mr. Smith* has a few options for you. I settled into … Continue reading
It says a lot about the mindspace I’m in right now, that these train/boat trip films are my idea of binge watching. Thanks, Chef, for posting these links.