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

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.96.3: TWO JIMMYS

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In Tijuana, Mexico, June 1990

During my hiatus from DCJ as my websites have been undergoing an updating and facelift I actually considered whether I wanted to return to writing essays at all. A lot of the stuff I write is about

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Vol.93.4: THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS [MR]

© 1999, UrbisMedia-Ltd.

© 1999, UrbisMedia-Ltd.

In the final scene of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky (1990), Paul Bowles, the author of the original story is seated in a Tangier café where he greets Kit Moresby (Debra Winger)

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Vol.93.3: ME AND MY ALGORITHM

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The algorithm at Amazon.com that knows me better, it seems sometimes, than I know myself, must be a little befuddled these days. Like a shadow it tracks my purchases for my bookshelves in my Kindle

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Vol.92.1: Pas Aloof: A Travel Memory

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In an earlier essay I (half) joked that American tourists to Paris often return home—usually to some very un–Paris-like town in the American “heartland” of Iowa or Missouri—grousing and

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Vol.88.6: WRITE-BRAINED

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Years ago, when In worked as a writer with film director Denis Sanders we had a modus operandi wherein I would sit across a table from him and lecture out everything

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Vol.87.8: MODUS SCRIBENDI, Why Write?

© 2014, UrbisMedia

© 2014, UrbisMedia

Recently, when the accountant who prepares my tax returns remarked that I don’t really seem to be making a lot of money with royalties from my books I didn’t

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Vol.86.7: Capo di Gruppo: A Memoire of a “Pack” Leader

My group, mingled with that of another tour professor in Florence © 1987, UrbisMedia

My group, mingled with that of another tour professor in Florence © 1987, UrbisMedia

Phissssssssssscht! The tour coach’s front door popped open like an airlock in a Star Wars spaceship. An assault

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Vol.85.7: Dragon City Journal Turns 10 Years!

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Precisely a decade ago I posted the following announcement:

1.1: Jim’s New Website Posted: Mon – October 20, 2003 at 02:33 PM

This is being sent to

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Vol.85.6: A BRIEF RUMINATION ON THE COMING DIE-OFF, [Updated]

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We have a tendency—perhaps because we are around only so briefly—to characterize history in “ages”; time Before Christ, or the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment

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