Summer Reading for the Literary Traveler — Beat the Heat and Join the Challenge!

Introduction by Amanda Festa Summer reading is as representative of the season as backyard BBQs and beach days.  If you […]

Coffee, Cigarettes, and Revolution: Cuba on the Verge of Change

By Wes Newbury The coffee is strong and sweet, served in a white plastic cup no bigger than a shot glass. […]

Ode to England Inspired by Kazuo Ishiguro

by Zoe Smith “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The […]

Ponies & Tranquility, Jane Austen’s New Forest

by Janet Halliday Trees in thick green leaf fuzz the banks of the Beaulieu River. The foliage wall is pierced […]

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 […]