Category Archives: literature

“Just Mercy” Will Rip Your Heart to Shreds


In all my years, I have never read a more disturbing, yet compelling book. The injustice and inhumanity described in Just Mercy will literally rip your heart to shreds and bring tears to your eyes. Just Mercy must be made … Continue reading

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A Tasty Slice of “Tibetan Peach Pie”


If you want to read a book that will put a smile on your face and have you chuckling throughout, then serve yourself up a hearty and tasty slice of Tibetan Peach Pie by author Tom Robbins. Subtitled A True Account … Continue reading

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Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #3


Dystopian literature is my favorite genre of fiction and dystopian films are one of my top choices in cinema. Below, I have listed my favorite classic (25 years or older) and modern (less 25 years old) dystopian stories. They are … Continue reading

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Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica


I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2017


One of my New Years resolutions for 2017 was to read more classic literature and watch classic films I have missed in the past. As you can see form this list, I have accomplished that, partially in thanks to TCM … Continue reading

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Fictional cities of dystopia – Updated


Often, dystopian tales involve the entire planet, particular nations, or recognizable cities like New York, Los Angeles, or London. However, a fair number of them are centered in a fictional city or town. The list below identifies those cities, along … Continue reading

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Poets of the pavement – local places with Poet Laureates


The list below identifies those cities, towns, villages, townships, shires, and counties which have a designated or appointed poet laureate.  It is meant to include only those with an active poet laureate position or which are searching for someone to … Continue reading

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A physical Brexit with Iberian flair


Imagine, if you will, a place known as Iberia, a peninsula consisting of two great nations (Portugal and Spain). One day, for no apparent reason or cause, this geographic feature abruptly adopts a mind and a course of its own … Continue reading

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“A Handmaid’s Tale” – Is fiction becoming reality?


Though written 32 years ago, the dystopian theocratic society described in Margaret Atwood’s striking novel bears an uncanny likeness to what is (and has been for some time) being preached and advocated by far-right political and religious zealots in our … Continue reading

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The MOST important urban planning book of our time


I realize that the title of this post is a bold and perhaps controversial statement to make, but I truly believe that the definitive and thought-provoking publication by Salvatore Settis entitled, If Venice Dies, is the most important urban planning book … Continue reading

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