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

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

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Ba Feng Ku, Dragon City Journal Senior Correspondent

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

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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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Vol.105.1: COME SUNDAY, HALLELUJAH, BROTHER [MR]

Come Sunday (20I8), opens with an inflight airplane scene which the Rev. Bishop Carlton Pearson engages a woman seatmate in conversation that leads to his apparently obsessive need

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Vol.104.7: DON’T DO IT, ROCKET BOY

Don’t know how clever a political actor Kim Jong un is. Not much is known about him beyond his youth and goofy haircut. But this past Easter he met with CIA director Mike Pompeo on some

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Vol.104.5: IT’S RESURRECTION TIME, AGAIN

As I write this there are Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem thronging the Via Dolorosa, some of them lugging wooden crosses as their Savior reputedly did long ago, reliving his “stations of the

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Vol.104.4: RICE BUNNY  (Part 1) 

Chinese tonal rendering of “me, too”

I recently completed a book on the subject of religion. (It will be available soon, so be patient.) I did not, however, begin that book the way another

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Vol.88.3: WITNESSES, a triple BR of: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF CHAIRMAN MAO, by Dr. Li Zhisui (1994); THE MAN WHO STAYED BEHIND, by Sidney Rittenberg (2001]); REGINALD JOHNSTON, by Shiona Airlie (2001)

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The benediction “may you live in interesting times” is, of course, an ironic curse. But, so also would be that one should preside over tedious times

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Vol.104.3: JEBBIES SNATCHING SOULS: A MULTIPLE MOVIE REVIEW

I will argue with anybody that the most theatrical of religious orders is the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits.  Nobody else comes even close, and Hollywood seems to, agree. Elsewhere I have written

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Vol 104.2:   GOD’S MOVIES (Part 2)

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Nothing in film adds an extra dimension to the willing suspension of disbelief than the religious movie. The supernatural

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