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

Vol.107.3: PANDEMIC!!!

The novel coronavirus has provided me with the time and recommended social isolation to return to a subject that has interested me from my boyhood days. Call me wacky, weird, or wonderful, but Read More

Vol.107.1: AMERICAN JERKS

Normally, it’s the kind of flap that barely snares my attention. I first heard about it on NPR and then began seeing the book show up on some of the literary sites that I peruse as it got more Read More

Vol.106.04: THE PARADOX OF CHRISTIANITY

Recently, I read a sample from a new book titled I Wish I’d Been There, by Byron Hollingshead, that is a composite volume of essays by “twenty historians bring to life dramatic events Read More

Vol.107. 1: LADY’S OF PARIS

 

There have been several Quasimodos, even a cute Disney animated version. The best known were played by Lon Chaney Charles Laughton, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Hopkins. The movie lore is that Read More

Vol.106.7: CONFESSIONS OF A COLLEGIATE CHEATER

It has been nearly sixty years of carrying around the guilt of it.  Me, a (now emeritus) professor, an academic cheater, one who has committed the mortal sin of academe.  (You were already Read More

Vol.106.5: LAST BREXIT TO ALBION

Remember that old saying about “the sun never sets on the British Empire”?  It was true once.  But it hasn’t been for a long time and the apt saying today is that the sun has set on the Read More

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.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

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I interviewed Sebastian Gerard in Hong Kong about his forthcoming work of fiction, his third, The River Dragon’s Daughters: Read More

Vol.104.5: IT’S RESURRECTION TIME, AGAIN

As I write this there are Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem thronging the Via Dolorosa, some of them lugging wooden crosses as their Savior reputedly did long ago, reliving his “stations of the Read More

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