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

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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Vol.85.5: PHOOEY ON FANTASY

Image manipulated by UrbisMedia, 2013

Image manipulated by UrbisMedia, 2013

I am a realist. I don’t mean that in a personal sense, because I realize that I am also in many respects also a “romantic.” But, since I define being a “romantic”

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Vol.85.4: MY FIRST MOVIE

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“My parents had a good reason for taking me to the movies all the time, because I had been sick with asthma since I was three years old and I apparently couldn’t

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Vol.85.1: GAS[P] WARFARE

Pvt. Vito Vitelli (1918) Courtesy of Vito Vitelli, Jr.

Pvt. Vito Vitelli (1918) Courtesy of Vito Vitelli, Jr.

On the morning of August 17, 1918, Private Vito Vitelli, of the American 21st company of the 151st Depot Brigade was lying in a foxhole in the Argonne Forest when the

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Vol.84.7: Uncle Ho’s Neighborhood

Villa des Gobelins, toward Ave. des Gobelins. Ho’s building on the left.

Villa des Gobelins, toward Ave. des Gobelins. Ho’s building on the left.

In 1989 I lived in Paris while teaching at the University of Paris VII. I had to arrange my own housing and at first lived with an elderly Englishwoman in the 15th<span

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Vol.84.6: Oh My City, Oh My Mayor, OMG!

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I really shouldn’t be weighing in on this for a couple of reasons (there probably are more than a couple), but things have been kind of quiet around here and

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