Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.105.5: ARE WE NAZIS YET?

Ja, ja!, we made it!  Ooom-pah, Ooom-pah, Ooom-pah!

Ilse Koch, the notorious Nazi “Bitch of Buchenwald” concentration

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Vol.105.4: THE LONELY ROADS; Reflections on Anthony Bourdain

The obit/tributes to Anthony Bourdain continue to pour in.  As a former tour guide, independent traveler and resident abroad it is almost reflexive to draw some contrasts with our different “styles”

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Carpe Diem: 2018.06.08 The Yoke


Ireland was supposedly named by the Roman legions who found the inhabitants too irritable and pugilistic, giving up on conquering their emerald isle.  I have experienced Irish ire myself

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Vol 105.3: Everything Happens for a Reason: An Interview with Novelist Sebastian Gerard


Ba Feng Ku, Dragon City Journal Senior Correspondent

©2009 UrbisMedia

I interviewed Sebastian Gerard in Hong Kong about his forthcoming work of fiction, his third, The River Dragon’s Daughters

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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.28 Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day again,

and flags defurl and flutter

in irenic spring breezes,

John Wayne war movies flicker

past military glories

fought on Hollywood’s back lots

It’s Memorial Day again,


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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.23 KILLER BRAIN

Readers of these pages will recall, its author is no fan of the pharmaceutical companies of America

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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.19: Love,(sort of) Actually

Already on record in these pages as not being a fan of royalty and aristocracy, the inexpensively maintained

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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.06 Trudy & Donny

By now, readers of these pages will know that we much enjoy transgendering (at least Photoshop-wise) Republicans, since they are the most hypocritical gender-insensitive jerks America has to offer. 

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Vol.105.2: Mi Tu, Too Part 2

I recently completed a novel set in China around the lives of four Chinese women over most of the 20thcentury.  Readers of these pages will be hearing about it soon enough, but sneaky

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You know those Frenchies: Toujours l’amour, Toujours l’amour, Toujours l’amour.  Right?  This is no way for Donnie to try to fend

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