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Is Joseph Conrad the One Dead White Guy Worth Listening to?

He’s been dead almost a century and yet even today it’s like it’s Conrad’s world and we just live in it, because he saw it all coming: tech trouble, …

A Moto Guzzi California Built for Stylish Adventures

We love scramblers for their laid-back, go-anywhere attitude. But the travelers in us get really excited when they’re kitted for long-distance adventures too.<p>This Moto Guzzi California has just tackled a 3,000 kilometer trip, from Utrecht in the Netherlands, to Monaco, via France and Switzerland. …

The 15 Best Delta Blues Songs

The blues are some of the most iconic sounds of America. What began in the South in the late 19th century as a mix of work songs and spirituals …

15 of the most remarkable trees in America

<b>From the world's largest to ones that were here long before the Mayflower, these noble trees are nothing less than U.S. national treasures.</b><p>While they …

Bees under the macro lens – in pictures

Summer’s here, and so are bees. These new macro images by Alejandro Santillana are being showcased in the Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin

Insects

The Crossing Place

• <b>Author:</b> Philip Marsden<p>The ebook edition of Philip Marsden’s breathtaking, award-winning account of the history of one of the world’s most extraordinary peoples.<p>After centuries of prominence as a world power, Armenia has withstood every attempt during the 20th century to destroy it. With a name …

Snap up a silvery delicacy from Lake Kivu, Rwanda

The sweet yet slightly salty flesh of the fine-boned sardine-like sambaza is best sampled on the shores of this Rift Valley lake<p>Every evening at sunset in the town of Gisenyi, a resort at the northern end of Lake Kivu in Rwanda, fishermen set out in wooden boats in search of the small, sardine-like</i> …

Canoeing

Trump Family Values

Amid revelations of Donald, Jr.,’s misguided meeting with two Russians, the President shows once again where his only loyalties lie.<p>In the September 11, 1989, issue of <i>The New Yorker</i>, a twenty-eight-year-old writer named Bill McKibben published a lengthy article titled “The End of Nature.” The …

The Best Coffee Shops in D.C. for Café Connoisseurs

From responsibly sourced coffee beans to the time it takes for the perfect drip—which is almost as long as it takes Congress to pass a bill—we’ve …

Coffee

Secret Libraries of New York City

<i>Lantern slide of the New York Public Library (via NYPL)</i><p>The NYPL has an incredible branch system around the boroughs, but it’s only a part of New York …

'Government Violating Own Laws to Pave Way for Fracking Plan' in Ohio's Only National Forest

Conservation groups Wednesday expanded a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to permit fracking in Ohio's …

Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia

What “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about ethnic hatred and the literary imagination.<p>I attended university in a very different world from the one in which I now teach and live. For a start, Yale College, which I entered in 1961, was all male. Women were not matriculated until five years after I …

Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing, Newly Discovered Photo Suggests

A newly discovered photograph suggests legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished 80 years ago on a round-the-world flight, survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands.<p>The photo, found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives, shows a woman who resembles Earhart and a man who …

Airplanes

Me for the Woods

This July, as the festivities in honor of Thoreau’s two-hundredth birthday commence, pilgrims will make their way to what’s called the “birthing room” on the second floor of the Thoreau Farm on Virginia Road at the outskirts of Concord. This is where a new species of American thinker was born. With …

Volumes | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

• Volume I - Methodology and African Prehistory<br>This volume outlines the sources and materials from which African history has been constructed and …

Off the Beaten Path in New York City

If you are a traveler interested in something “different” during your trip to NYC, you have plenty of options to keep you in the company of the …

New York City

Around the World in an Evening at the Queens Night Market

“This is what you eat in La Paz at 4 a.m.,” said the man half-devoured by smoke as he stood at the grill, stroking oil over beef hearts with a brush of banana husks.<p>It was only 8 p.m., but at the Queens Night Market, next to the undulating walls of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing …

Kuala Lumpur

Thru-Hiking Goes International with These New Long-Distance Trails

Inspired by iconic American long trails, a new generation of pioneers are creating paths for hikers and bikers the world over<p>In 2010, American Paul Stephens was working for USAID in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia—a country roughly the size of South ­Carolina—where he had originally traveled to …

Hiking

Oskar Eustis on Trump, ‘Julius Caesar’ and the Politics of Theater

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” opened on Monday night under unusual circumstances: A firestorm of criticism from the right over the use of an actor styled as President Trump to portray Caesar, and then knifed to death as part of the story, led three major …

Bank of America

Thoreau: American Resister (and Kitten Rescuer)

When my father was in high school he worked summers as a lifeguard at Walden Pond. As a kid, I used to hang out there, bird-watching, reading from a slender volume of Henry David Thoreau’s journal and soaking up Transcendentalist vibes from the big glacial bowl of clear water ringed with firs and …

Literature

Pond Scum

Henry David Thoreau’s moral myopia.<p>On the evening of October 6, 1849, the hundred and twenty people aboard the brig St. John threw a party. The St. John was a so-called famine ship: Boston-bound from Galway, it was filled with passengers fleeing the mass starvation then devastating Ireland. They …

Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People

Any cat owner will tell you: cats hold humans in contempt. Oh sure, they pretend to like you, rubbing around your legs and purring until you produce the food bowl. But as soon as mealtime is over, they go right back to normal mode — sneering condescension.<p>But what if you learned that you’re wrong …

Pets

The Liberator

• <b>Author:</b> Alex Kershaw<p><b>The untold story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War.</b> <br>Written with Alex Kershaw's trademark narrative drive and vivid immediacy, <i>The Liberator</i> traces the remarkable battlefield journey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks through the …

In Praise of Derek Walcott’s Epic of the Americas

I found Derek Walcott’s “Omeros” in the stacks of the Montclair Book Center in New Jersey: a frail blue paperback with a seahorse on the cover and the previous owner’s phone number across the flyleaf’s edge. It was literary flotsam, a poem I hadn’t heard of and couldn’t place in time or tradition. …

Literature

As Rains Ease in the West, Cactuses Shine Brighter Than Ever

ANZA BORREGO, Calif. — A cactus in bloom is pure poetry — particularly that famous line by Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.”<p>In the desert here, the thick, spine-studded paddles of a beavertail cactus look as surly as always, ready to smack you into next …

Extinction

Review: Mesmerizing album by West African women's supergroup

Les Amazones d'Afrique, "Republique Amazone" (Real World Records)Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia, from Amadou & Mariam, are part of …

West Africa

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers<p>On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took …

Literature

Tbilisi, Georgia: No Longer Europe's Best-Kept-Secret Destination

BY 10 P.M. at Ezo, a restaurant set in a garden between flaking art nouveau facades, confetti strewed the grass. The wooden tables were soaked with remnants of beer, Turkish coffee and wine. Toddlers dodged table legs, while a teenager with blue hair and multiple piercings kissed another in a …

Wall Street

A list of the best cafes in Cape Town

On my trip to South Africa I spent two weeks in Cape Town which gave me enough time to visit the best cafes in Cape Town without getting …

Cape Town