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Blog posts of '2011' 'January'

Longitude’s New Intern
Axel Wilhite, most recently of NYU, where he graduated with a MFA in creative writing, charmed us during the interview process by choosing to blurb Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's newly re-released The Long Ships. He's also a fan of Kurosawa (we sent him off with a copy of Dersu the Trapper) and team captain of the Kendo Club. He'll be working with editor Catherine on creating reading guides for our partners, fine-tuning our recommendations and, we hope, adding to our expertise in myths, an interest of his. Here's his
The Traveller’s Tree
Patrick Leigh FermorHaiti features prominently in Patrick Leigh Fermor's effortlessly erudite chronicle of a hop, skip and jump around the Caribbean with two friends (including Joan, later his wife), originally published in 1950. Just out in a new edition, the book offers the twin pleasures of a portrait of the islands before the advent of modern tourism (the threesome stayed in manor houses, not in resorts) and of PLF's razor-sharp opinions. Barbados, for example he found dull, staid, compared to the multi-hued glories (and people) of Trinidad. "We took advantage of an introduction from friends in England," he reports in his chapter on Dominica. 'If you want to see the Caribs,' Mrs.
The Great White Bear
A journalist who has previously written about Greenpeace, whales and polar regions, Mulvaney brings perspective and experience to this report on the natural history and conservation of the polar bear, tracking the icy wanderer from Barrow to Greenland and the Hudson Bay. With a long section on Churchill, he includes interviews with leading researchers and many terrific bear stories.