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

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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.103.6: THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR BABYLON

Las Vegas is a fake city, a national casino, whorehouse, and gun show venue founded by organized crime in the desert and dressed up in the icons of real cities. Having no historical renown or other

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Vol.102.2: EPISTOLARY MEMORIES

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I recently received a letter (not in email; a paper letter) from one of my granddaughters. It is a treasure that will keep, as I have for many years with all handwritten letters and post cards

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Vol.102.1: ON MEDIA

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November 9 was an epiphany day for me in some ways. I have not watched a news program, MSNBC, or listed to an NPR or PBS broadcast since that day. I do read some selective sources just keep up

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Vol.100.3: GORILLA LIVES MATTER

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      Don’t shoot! I’m white 

Since it has been all over the media everyone must have some awareness of the incident at he Cincinnati Zoo of the 4-yr-old boy who fell or jumped himself

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Vol.97.3: ENHANCING CORPORATE EDUCATION INTO THE 21ST-CENTURY

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A few years ago I was riding on the light rail system in Hong Kong’s New Territories. I was sitting in front of a bulkhead with a glass frame for advertising posters. The poster in front of me

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Vol.97.1: You Betcha!

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I don’t run my life according to too many rules, which might have something to do with my first rule, which is Don’t have too many rules (perhaps I do

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Vol.94.3: “THEY WANT OUR WOMEN!”*

There has been, both regrettably and necessarily, much discussion about rape in America these days—about its occurrence on campuses and especially in frat houses, and in the houses of

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Vol.94.1: It’s a Guy Thing

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Back around the late 1800s, when swords were still were still the sidearm choice of “open-carry” and not mere decorations, when soldiers (officer class) hung out with their regiments

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