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

Vol.83.6: I AM MY PASSPORT

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In 2004 I was giving lectures on the subject of American public administration for the California State University system to four universities in Beijing. Supposedly, Read More

Vol.83.1: Train Stories No. 7, Waterloo Station

Vivian Leigh as Karenina (London Films, 1948)

Vivian Leigh as Karenina (London Films, 1948)

Me, Count Vronsky? Ridiculous. And she, a middle-class government worker, was no Anna. But sometimes there is no stopping literary allusions from asserting themselves Read More

Vol.82.4: Train Stories No. 6, The Ladies of the Rails (Part 3)

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Strangers On A Train

Why did I do it!? Well into my thirteenth abstemious year and I light-up like a junkie who just lost his job and his girl. Why!? I knew if I had just Read More

Vol.79.1: Train Stories No. 5, THE ROMANTIC MACHINE

When trains first became a mode of intercity travel they opened a new world to those who could afford to travel in them. But it was still a time, before the advent of photography and the motion picture, Read More

Vol.78.5: Train Stories No. 4, THE LADIES OF THE RAILS (Part 2)

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©1983, UrbisMedia

[Continued from Part 1]

At Pisa we checked our luggage at the station and headed off for the obligatory staged photographs of each of us “holding the leaning tower from Read More

Vol.78.3: Train Stories No. 3, THE LADIES OF THE RAILS (Part 1)

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Most hyphenated Americans, especially those born in the good old USA, carry around some degree of nostalgia for what is commonly referred to as “the old country.” Read More

Vol.77.6: TRAIN STORIES NO. 2, THE TRAIN TO ÎLE DE BREHAT

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These days the image that springs to mind when one thinks of French trains is that of the TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse). The sleek silver and blue 185-mph Read More

Vol.77.3: Train Stories No. 1, The Chicagoan

Trains are my favorite form of transportation. With this piece I am introducing a mini-series of stories of my various experiences on trains over the years. Nothing Read More

Vol.76.3: “D’YA KNOW TH’ O’MALLEYS?” (a memoir)

Preamble: The following is from my 2007 book, The Stranger is Me. Read More

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 Read More

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