Archive for May, 2016

An Interview with Ben Coates

An Interview with Ben Coates
In his new book Why the Dutch Are Different, English expat Ben Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country, significant beyond its size. His probing narrative explains the importance of the color orange, the ongoing battle to keep water out, the Dutch love affairs with milk and beer, their attitudes toward
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Obock, Djibouti

Obock, Djibouti
Kindly contributed by travel writer Frank Bures, whose new book The Geography of Madness explores the phenomenon of culture-bound syndromes across the globe, from a community of men in Nigeria to believe their penises have been stolen to China, Singapore, Borneo and beyond. His quest: to understand “how our ideas can kill us, how our
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South of the Clouds

South of the Clouds
In 1992, Bill Porter, a translator and interpreter of Chinese texts, produced a series of digestible, observant radio programs for a Hong Kong station about his travels through Yunnan in southwest China. Now, 14 years later, he has collected these pieces and reworked them for his latest travel narrative, South of the Clouds. Without a
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Obama Visits Hiroshima

Obama Visits Hiroshima
On May 27 President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan since the U.S. first dropped an atomic bomb on the site at the end of World War II. In acknowledgement of the heavily symbolic act, we’re recommending books to read about Hiroshima, including Odyssey’s new guidebook, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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