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Kent Russell Seeks the Soul of Florida on Epic Road Trip, on Foot

In a bit of drunken revelry, Kent Russell and his buddies decide it is their destiny to tell the gonzo story of Florida in the time when Trump is campaigning for president.

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Owls, Aliens, and Others

Essayist Brian Phillips is no staunch empiricist, nor does he want to shatter delusions or expose machinations. In Impossible Owls, he is content to remain in a wide-eyed and owl-ier place.

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'Alone Time' and the Joys of Solitary, Mindful Travel

Rosenbloom's book is a companion guide for the solo traveler. Covering four cities over four seasons, she proves that solo travel can provide enriching joys, sensual pleasures, and rewarding adventures.

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Dave Eggers' 'The Monk of Mokha' Is a Little Too Carefully Brewed

Wherein understanding is synonymous with compassion, then surely the effort Eggers has extended through most of his publishing career should be applauded.

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"Pounding Humility into You Permanently": On Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was loved not for his wit or charming temerity, but for confronting us with our own alienation and cultural isolation. He reminded us that there were connections to be made over the dinner table.

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The Many Benefits of Travel: Paul Theroux's 'Figures in a Landscape'

Travel of the kind Theroux has spent a lifetime doing would compel anyone to develop patience, a love of solitude and anonymity, a constant alertness, and a resourceful toughness.

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A Road Warrior Shares Lessons on Community with 'What I Found in a Thousand Towns'

Musician Dar Williams lets it all hang out with piercing opinions and shrewd take-aways.

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Paul Theroux's 'Deep South' Takes Us Inside America's Third World

After a career spent traveling the world, Paul Theroux makes a revelatory journey through the blighted, wounded, struggling, well-armed, and resilient small towns of the American South.

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'Teaching Plato in Palestine' Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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The World Is Your Oyster: '1,000 Places to See Before You Die'

First published in 2003, this updated edition has added 28 additional countries, including Ghana, Qatar, Latvia and Vanuatu, and 200 new entries, for those who might think that Earth, and its attractions, are finite.

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'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' Is Equally Enthralling and Befuddling

In a collection of nearly 30 years' worth of work, Geoff Dyer proves himself to be a fascinatingly eclectic writer, but only partially succeeds at tying everything together.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine'

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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'Dreaming in Hindi': Total Immersion, or Panicked Submersion?

Even at 45, Rich must defend her reputation. As she filters it through what would have been her acquired Hindi: “I have not been bringing men up to my room. I have not been throwing condoms onto people’s roofs.”

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Josh Rouse: El Turista

More postcards from a sunny exile. Far from the blue glow of melancholy, Rouse's music aims for glorious golden moments.

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Running Away by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Toussaint dives deep into how we stretch ourselves thin between places in our attempt to be with one another.

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Crime, Delirium, and Paris

In the second installment of his overseas correspondence, the Rockist gets robbed. And this time, not by an American corporation.

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The 'Ol Crotchety One Kicks It Transatlantic Style

PopMatters sends its weekly culture columnist abroad.

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Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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