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

Vol.79.3: ODYSSEY, by John Bierman (1984) BR

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Maybe you noticed already, but I should point it out anyway—the title above is not The Odyssey, just Odyssey

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Vol.78.1: GELI AND EVA: Creative Non-Fiction and the “Love Life” of Adolph Hitler

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Hitler’s Niece (2009), by Ron Hansen, and Eva (1984), by Ib Melchior

Monsters fascinate us, I think, because their very perverse twisted natures provide

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Vol.77.8: THE BEST NUN and a Review of MARIETTE IN ECSTASY by Ron Hansen (1991)

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Last night, on TCM, I found myself watching––again––The Song of Bernadette, the 1943 movie about the little peasant girl of Lourdes who

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Vol.77.7: SAINTS, SAVAGES and the CULT OF DEATH [BR]

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Jesuit missionaries seeking eternal paradise in all the wrong places and all the worse ways. A review Saints of the American Wilderness by John A. O’Brien (2011)

Who

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Vol.76.2: FLAUBERT IN EGYPT, trans. by Francis Steegmuller (1972) BR

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Gustave Flaubert might not have been the first, but he was perhaps the most successful novelist at expressing an oppressive monotony of mid-19th C French provincial

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Vol.73.2: SOULS OF THE SAVAGES, a dual book review of ON THE MISSIONARY TRAIL, by Tom Hiney (2000), and THE SEX LIVES OF CANNIBALS, by J. Maarten Troost (2004)

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If anybody paid attention to what I write about religion they might wonder why I seem to have a persistent interest in evangelism, particularly as practiced by missionaries

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Vol.70.5: PEARL OF CHINA, by Anchee Min (2010) BR

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When Pearl Buck wrote The Good Earth in

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Vol.65.6: LEISUREVILLE, by Andrew D. Blechman (2008) BR

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I first wrote about these places in my 1971 book,* when such developments were in their infancy

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Vol.65.4: FLORENCE, A DELICATE CASE, by David Leavitt (2002) BR

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When going through cities Go, I advise you In a stately manner Ride handsomely<br

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Vol.61.6: THE DRAGON AND THE PHOENIX, by David Chou (1971) BR

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I’m not sure I should write this piece; after all, my mother is still alive (93), and can still read. But what the hell.

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