Jane Austen, A Beloved Friend in Chawton

by Helen Palmer It took a life-threatening illness and months of enforced convalescence to finally arrive at the home of […]

Of Dreams and Dolls: American Girls and the Spirit of Exploration

by Katy Kelleher The first American Girl Dolls were released in 1986 by Pleasant Company, which had yet to be […]

Apocalypse Now, A Film History & the Sacrificial Water Buffalo

by Simon Glassock Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is one of the most famous of all Hollywood films. It is […]

Colin McPhee’s Musical Life in Bali

by Kerry Lee In 1929, the expats were sitting at the outdoor cafes along the Montparnasse, quaffing espresso by day […]

A Brazilian Afternoon in Vinicius’ Itapua

by Eleanor Stanford Someone has removed Vinicius’ spectacles. He sits in the praca (the plaza), staring blindly out at the […]

Karl Marx’s Revolutionary Brussels

by Steven Hermans I walk the cold deserted streets of Brussels on the 1st of November. The sun rises in […]

Anne Frank’s Lasting Literary Impact

by Hannah May If I just think of how we live here, I usually come to the conclusion that it […]

Jim Morrison & Lipstick Kisses at Oscar Wilde’s Pere-Lachaise

by Kevin E.G. Perry “They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.” ~ Oscar Wilde, “A […]

A Harry Potter State of Mind in Winter Alaska

by Melissa Mapes The afternoon sun, bright but ephemeral, reflected off the snow, giving the expanse of Cook Inlet and […]

Origins of Crime & Justice in James Patterson’s Washington DC

by David Silon While walking around our nation’s capital, I often wondered about its story. When I ask the average […]