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

Vol.98.8: THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: VERIFIED   [a re-post of 80.6]

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There has been a lot of chatter the past few years about a “war on Christmas.” Most of us secular humanists have been blamed for it and have regarded this pseudo war as just another fiction

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Vol.65.7: PROFESSOR RESCUES CHICKEN FROM FATE WORSE THAN KFC [a caprice]

by Ba Feng-gu, Asia Correspondent, Dragon City Journal

Hong Kong, April 14, 2010. An American professor visiting

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Vol.60.2: The Red Line, a short story, by Sebastian Gerard

A NOTE TO THE READER: This short story is adapted from my book in progress, The River Dragon’s Daughters, a story based on female infanticide

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Vol.52.10: A DRAGON CITY JOURNAL ELECTION SPECIAL INTERVIEW

DCJ’s Asian Bureau Chief, Ba Feng Gu, who is fluent in Vietnamese, spoke with former North Vietnamese Prison Guard (and now proprietor of Cao’s Oodles of

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Vol.52.5: IN THE MOMENT, a short story by Sebastian Gerard

©2008, UrbisMedia

©2008, UrbisMedia

Is that the last face I am ever to see; that Iraqi kid? He must be no more that twelve, and wearing some

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Vol.52.2: BRRRRING, BRRRRING, 3AM

©2008, UrbisMedia

©2008, UrbisMedia

When Hillary Clinton’s ad people came up with the now infamous “3AM Phone Call” to suggest that

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Vol.52.3: THE SHARK GOD, by Charles Montgomery, 2004 [BR]

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There is a passage that alone is worth the price of this book, at least for me. Anyone who has read

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Vol.44.5: LIFE EXPLICABLE: A PIANO FALLS ON JIM’S HEAD

©1979, James A. Clapp

©1979, James A. Clapp

Many years ago I was wandering in the streets of Amsterdam—no I was not stoned on some hash that they

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Vol.36.3: ON WRITING FICTION

Snake Sculpture by S. Bianchi ca. 1946    ©UrbisMedia

Snake Sculpture by S. Bianchi ca. 1946
©UrbisMedia

My grandfather, Sebastian (see, No. 10.3, Archives), was the ultimate urban scavenger.   After he died

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Vol.32.4: The de Fichey Code

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XXXII. IV: THE de FICHEY CODE

A story by James A. Clapp

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Anno Domini

During the Eighth Crusade, under the leadership of France’s beloved Louis IX, the coastal city of Acre in Palestine had

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