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Matthew Asprey

Matthew Asprey is the author of the novellas Sonny’s Guerrillas and Red Hills of Africa and the editor of Jack London: San Francisco Stories. Check out www.matthewasprey.com and Matthew’s blog, Honey for the Bears.


Features

Wednesday, July 13 2011

Print-On-Demand and the Future of Independent Publishing, Part 2

PopMatters speaks to major figureheads in the POD industry to determine where it is, what it can do, and most importantly, where it's going ...


Tuesday, July 5 2011

Print-On-Demand and the Future of Independent Publishing, Part 1

In part one of this two-part look at the world of Print-On-Demand books, PopMatters speaks to major figureheads in the POD industry to determine where it is, what it can do, and most importantly, where it's going ...


Thursday, June 23 2011

Duke Ellington and Paris Part 2: An Interview With Laurent Mignard

In this second part of his 'Duke and Paris' series, Matthew Asprey looks into what Laurent Mignard means, when he says, "Our record is called Duke Ellington Is Alive because I'm really sure that Duke's mood is still with us."


Thursday, June 2 2011

Duke Ellington and Paris Part 1: Busy Winters

In this first entry of a two-part series, Matthew Asprey reflects on the relationship between the discography of jazz legend Duke Ellington and a city that gave refuge to many great American expatriates, Paris.


Tuesday, October 5 2010

Chasing the Ghost of Graham Greene in Contemporary Vietnam

My suite had a balcony overlooking the square and the Municipal Theatre. The hotel has a central open courtyard for breakfast dining. Wrought iron chairs. Glass-topped tables with bamboo place mats. A small fountain. Lacy white spheres hanging from spindly branches. It was easy to imagine Greene at work here, too, under the trees.


Columns

Thursday, August 25 2011

Last Stop Greece: Then the Global Prowler Heads on Home

Six months of Global Prowling concludes in Greece, passing through pre-riotous Athens and making a final stop in Melbourne for the International Jazz Festival where Sonny Rollins teaches the Golden Rule.


Thursday, July 28 2011

Kaleidoscopic Istanbul

Perhaps more than any other world city, Istanbul transforms with the seasons. In this kaleidoscopic city, thriving and chaotic, cosmopolitan with entrenched provincial colour, you sometimes feel like you’re at the centre of the world.


Friday, June 10 2011

Georgia on My My My Mind: Your Global Prowlers in the Wonderful Former Playland of the USSR

Under springtime sun the city of Tbilisi is as delightful as an Italian renaissance town, but when the clouds are black it's a decayed Oriental-Soviet underworld stinking of cold mud and acrid cigarette smoke.


Tuesday, April 26 2011

Across Iberia by Slow Train

While prowling the globe for artist-friendly cities, your correspondent finds himself the only vegan at a Madrid bullfight, hunting for Stolchlickoff vodka in the streets of Barcelona, and getting fleeced in Paris.


Thursday, March 31 2011

Making a Living in -- and of -- Lisbon

From the fado taverns of Alfama to the legendary cafes of Chaida, the Global Prowlers explore Western Europe´s most welcoming city. "What a happening, undiscovered city," I said to Clare as we walked back to our hostel. "Do you think we could move to Lisbon?"


Reviews

Thursday, May 24 2012

Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra: Ellington French Touch

A new concert recording by the formidable Duke Orchestra of Paris led by Laurent Mignard collects Ellington’s French-inspired compositions, including a wealth of unheard music. The album brings into focus the triumphant late period of jazz’s greatest composer.


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