Society, Collapse, Art and Transformation – Getting to Utopia

Let’s be perfectly honest. Ruins are awesome. There is something utterly fascinating about the idea of a complete societal collapse. Half wild men and women eeking out a life amid violence, desperation and the decaying ruins of the great civilization that came before.  ~ Today’s popular culture is awash in dystopian, civilizational collapse thought experiments. […]

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Book Review New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Review New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson My rating: 2 of 5 stars New York 2140 is not a very good book. Let me get that out-of-the-way right up front. I’m always really torn with this author. I have read many interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) and have listened to a slew of […]

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Book Review: The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) by John Twelve Hawks

Pretty tiresome tripe.  Crap, really.  Just opening to the first page will pain your sensibilities. Essentially, there exists a group of people with special powers to cross over to other dimensions. Then there are a group of people who are sworn to protect them. Then there are a group of people working to hunt them […]

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Book Review: The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

When you realize that Saint Bernadette most likely saw a fairy and not the Virgin you’ve made a key discovery about the very core of France. Bernadette indeed saw something in the cave that day along the roiling Gave de Pau near the village of Lourdes at the base of the Pyrenees but… “Ou pétito damisèla”, […]

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From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: Travelers Best, Worst and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road

“We made our way down the street and arrived at the first intersection where one of the soldiers, who under the dark street lights looked to be only about 15 years old, placed his hand on my chest as a warning to stop. The other officer pulled a whistle strung to his hat and blew, a […]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part III: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The FULL Travel library is available here You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of travel books. I’m obsessed with knowing as much as I can about a […]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part II: Finland, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Egypt

The FULL Travel library is available here Part I: Colorado, France, Haiti, New Mexico and Vietnam available here You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of books. I’m […]

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The ULTIMATE Travel Resource Library – Part I:New Mexico, Colorado, France, Vietnam and Haiti

The full library is available here Part II is here — You already know we’re book hounds here at Around the World in Eighty Years.   Heck, the name itself is an ode to the literature of travel. I never go anywhere without a stack of books. Wherever I go, I’m obsessed with knowing as […]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – 21 Best Travel Books of All Time

For me, quality travel literature goes beyond a travel journal or a simple list of dates and events. The “travel-adventure” genre is WAY overdone and generally quite boring to me. Travel literature is writing of high literary value that sets down for posterity the experiences of a man or woman traveling in a land and/or […]

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The Cow-Headed Man

In my parents basement there was a series of colorful plywood doors. Behind the doors were piles of yellowed books crammed into a dark recess in the foundation. They were all of the books in the house. I never understood why my parents, who were avid readers, kept books hidden in the basement. “Can you […]

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Book Review: “Chasing Aphrodite”

Any interest in a story that involves tax-evasion, Swiss bank accounts, imaginary archaeologists, the mafia, bribery, money-laundering, art thieves, reclusive billionaires, ethically challenged CEOs, obsessed police investigators, and the world’s most incredible archaeological treasures? Pulitzer Prize finalists Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino offer up just that in Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at […]

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Books of the Marvels of the World – My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time (17-21)

First up, some apologies. This post was due way back in June but as my trips to Haiti and then to Finland came and went I got caught up in a million other things. So, sorry about that. But here they are! The final additions to My Top 21 Best Travel Books of All Time […]

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