Nell Zink’s Novel Journey

  "There are a lot of ways to stay safe as a writer: by not writing, by writing to no one, by writing to a single admirer, by challenging the judgment of those with the power to judge, by not putting much effort into your work. 'It’s hard,' Zink writes in 'The Wallcreeper,' 'trying to

The Best American Travel Writing 2014

The Best American Travel Writing, which highlights the best travel stories from the previous full year, arrives in bookstores and on tablets this week. The 2014 edition is edited by Paul Theroux, who has selected some outstanding reads from a variety of print and online publications. Here are few that you can read online right

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 is out. I started writing about travel just a few years shy of the debut, 12 years ago, of this annual series of the best travel stories from American publications. For most of the last dozen years, I have treated myself to the BATW, usually at Christmas time. It's a professional

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Worth Your Time: Abandoned Cuban Ballet School, Erotic Books, Turkey’s Golden Age of Spying

  Plan for Cuban Ballet School a Dance of Art, Politics — "...the school's original structures are intact, a dazzling swirl of red brick shapes and huge domelike Catalonian vaults set against the lush green jungle. The winding corridors, stairways and sightlines come together in a cascade of twists and graceful curves, like music turned

My links for June 10th through June 22nd

These are my links for June 10th through June 22nd. (This is a longer list than usual - apologize for the delay!) Want to Drink a Budweiser BNA? How About a Bud Light LAX? - Budweiser has applied for rights to airport codes, possibly to brew specialty beers in its branded airport bars? Interesting idea.

My links for June 6th through June 10th

These are my links for June 6th through June 10th: Our Animal Natures - NYTimes.com - Animals do drugs, get cancer and overeat. What we can learn from that. Via @palafo on Twitter. Most beautiful places on earth - A map of the most beautiful places in the world via @spgreenwood on Twitter. Top 3

My links for June 4th through June 6th

These are my links for June 4th through June 6th: Awesome photo of Enterprise "lifting off" - Space Shuttle Enterprise is finally at its home in the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. Here's a really great photo of the shuttle during the final part of its journey. Newspaper Map -