October 2008

There probably hasn’t been a better time in recent memory to disconnect — at least for a little while — from our work. An endless onslaught of dire financial news has most Americans more stressed out than ever. But that, say the experts, is why we should carve out some

 Reviewed by Richard West     “Press my pents and shine my shoes/gimme twenny cents to pay my dews/for I’m goin’ far a-waaay tidday. Be heppa!” This classic cartoon runaway ditty sung by Krazy Kat (perhaps escaping Ignatz Mouse) often comes to my mind just thinking of traveling to Italy, undoubtedly

Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh         Mao outdid the Soviets when it came to socialist-realism.  His dictate, "art for the people," created a kind of dark ages for  artists. From  roughly the 1950's to the1970's, artists were told what they could and could not paint. It's all precisely chronicled in 

With the economy in free fall and airfares stratospheric, it seemed like a good time to talk to Rick Seaney. He’s one of the founders and the CEO of FareCompare.com, one of the most enlightened search engines on the web. FareCompare’s killer app is tracking down the cheapest fares faster

  Reviewed by Richard West “Habent sua fata libelli,” books have their own destiny. Should you doubt the wisdom of the Roman playwright Terence’s aphorism, consider later morphings of Homer’s “Odyssey”: “Ulysses,”James Joyce’s version of the king of Ithaca as ad canvasser Leopold Bloom in his day-long wanderings through Dublin;

  In the competitive world of adventure travel, the small adventure travel companies can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Which is a shame, because they can provide the ultimate in personalized service — you’re often dealing with owner of the company as you plan your trip. These small companies