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Argentina & Chile- The Big Eat
It's hot here in Santiago. Really hot. It is physically draining to walk down the street. The sun beats down with an intensity I've never encountered before.

The Bridge at Remagen
Eva Bell

Cruising down the Rhine from Bonn to Koblenz on a lazy afternoon, the twin towers of Remagen bridge rose like black ghosts through the treetops on the west bank, making me sit up with a start.
Remembering Hotels, Good and Bad
Walli F. Leff

Once I had an exceptional experience in a hotel: I slept on an absolutely perfect mattress. I know that now you expect me to tell you where that mattress was. I would if I could, but, for the life of me, I just can’t remember.

Charles Robert Watts 1941 - 2021

James Campion
Watts did things in the Stones so miraculous that it was mostly overlooked for nearly six decades. Not overlooked as much as ignored.
Afghanistan - The Big Fail
James Campion 8.20.21

The entire farce of the War on Terror – a never-ending money pit of violence, lies – was set up for bad endings.

Happiness Manifesto
Julia Reynolds
Today I spent a sunny morning ... picking flowers from the garden, then walking down to Parangha Beach, Mykonos, Greece for a chilly swim ...
Anomaly Jones
It must have been him. He’s the reason I sit here now, dazed and a bit confused.
Politicians Lies, Truth and Opinions
James Morford
Must politicians lie? Niccolo Machiavelli thought if politicians did not lie they would surely fail because lying was fundamental to politics. Not to lie ignored reality

REVIEWS Film & Books
Life After Death
Emma Callan
I was thirty four years old when I died. I’d never thought about dying before
Confessions of a New York City Street Peddler
Dr. Howard Karlitz
It's February, 1980, and David Gordon is standing in front of a class of delinquent kids in a South Brooklyn juvenile detention center trying to teach reading a short story called 'Young Pablo Picasso'...
The Lottery Ticket
Martin Green
It began as a simple scheme by two clerks who worked in the State Lottery Oversight Bureau (SLOB).
Celeste’s Last Breath

Sam Hawksmoor
an extract from Mission Longshot
"Storms coming", a local fishermen had told her. “You need to get inland pretty damn quick, kid. Real big storm, you’ll see.”

The Magus
The Magus
by John Fowles
Eric Lehman reflects

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and little fleas have lesser fleas ...ad infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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