Blog Home

Mind scrapings available via RSS

Big fire in a big fireplace

Pour yourself a hot drink and get comfortable.

Bad configuration of Message to Display in Plugin parameters.

Reading time: 4 minutes

Wherever you go, there you are.

In other words: You bring you with you. For many situations, including travel, we should append a word to that sentence: You bring you with you—unfortunately.


Continue reading

Reading time: 4 minutes

There is so much to love. And yet.

Coined by David Byrne of Talking Heads and Marie Daulne of Zap Mama, the term "Afropean," as we learn in Johny Pitts's book of the same name, is richly descr...

Continue reading

Reading time: 4 minutes

The writing of certain types of intellectuals is elusive.

Scattered. Indefinite. A little odd.

Ma Jian is one such intellectual. Red Dust, a memoir of his travels through communist China in the...

Continue reading

Reading time: 4 minutes

I get it.

No more than ten pages into Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love (the title is written interchangeably with commas and without), I understood why the book was a bestseller in 2006, and t...

Continue reading

Reading time: 4 minutes

This book has it all.

Pirates. Colonialism. Revenge. Religious chauvinism. Naked natives. Slavery. Face-eating lizards. Toe-biting bats. War. Cannibalism. Lawsuits. Starvation and death.


Continue reading



A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

Me on top of a sunny Mt Pilatus in Switzerland, with mountains in the background


Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

A couple standing in front of a large Gothic church, on a bridge over the Seine


France deserves its own section

Francis, as a two year-old in a car seat, in sunglasses reading a French picture book


The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

Stage with musicians going at it—they're Gogol Bordello, and they're crazy


Let me take you back

Little boy sitting on a big white bed, looking at a tablet


I watch a lot more television than movies

Live action from a soccer game at Crew Stadium—yellow versus blue


The only sport that matters

Ugly photo of a pig knuckle after it's been eaten—really, it looks horrible


As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

Me in an outdoor restaurant drinking from a green coconut with a long straw

Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage


Trying to live simply

Me getting out of a red Ferrari F430 with a guy clapping for me

Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

Dude wearing orange pants and orange and green shoes walking on wet grass

Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

Recent Instagram Posts

Recent Tweets