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

Vol.106.2 Sex, Sex and (Ho-Hum) More Sex: Sebastian Gerard on Potty-Mouth Literature

I will begin with a little confessional. I decided to take a nom de plume—Sébastian Gerard (you already know who I really am)—back in 2004 when I commenced my first novel

Read More

Vol.101.2: Homo Sepia Sapiens

No, it’s not one of my typos.  You read it correctly—Homo Sepia Sapiens.  What the hell is that, you ask ? I don’t blame you; a lot of the things I write provoke a WTF reaction

Read More


It has taken a brutal murder by a barbarous people of the Middle Ages to remind us that it is long past time that America, a country with a notorious bad batting average for picking its enemies

Read More


Full disclosure: like Brett Cavanaugh I am also an alumnus of a Jesuit high school, although we were not a prissy rich-boy boarding school that produced guys who sexually-assaulted women (maybe

Read More

Vol.105.6: The Funeral Oration as Political Event

In a strange way today’s funeral orations delivered by the likes of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Miss Lindsey Graham, and even, can you believe it, by unindicted war criminal Henry Kissinger

Read More

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

Read More

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”

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More


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

Read More