Artful Traveler

By Richard West In this Age of Vanished Normalcy, when travel is restricted and ill-advised, travel books become vital for ramblers of the globe. Here are my top five of 2020: The Lost Pianos of Siberia, by Sophy Roberts. An irresistible title, prodigious research, hard travel, Siberian slang (switchbacks are

  By Beverly Stephen “Black food matters,” so declares Marcus Samuelsson in his new book The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food.  Note that the title is not “soul food” but rather the “soul of American food.” Samuelsson laments that “many readers may still think that Black

By Everett Potter There’s a good chance that you’ve seen Steve McCurry’s photographs many times over the last 40 years or so. Quite a few of them have appeared on the cover of National Geographic, most famously that of a young Afghan girl with piercing green eyes. While his work

  Story & photos by Paul Clemence The pandemic travel restrictions mean that it’s a great opportunity to explore new and creative ways to go sightseeing. Road trips are a safe and fun choice. Taking a drive Upstate New York, for example, one can indulge in a wonderful architectural tour

Photographs by Colleen Duffley                             Colleen Duffley has been shooting people, places, and things around the globe for 25 years.  She’s worked for national and international magazines, as well as on commercials and ad campaigns. Her images

  Oslo’s Gustav Vigeland sculpture park is an astonishing array of more than 200 sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron. It was installed between 1940-1949.  All photos by Brian E. Clark.                     Brian E. Clark is a Madison, Wisconsin-based writer

Text by K. Mitchell Snow Photos by Paul Clemence I was born in a town that was intended to disappear. Its unforgiving location at the junction of two great deserts was the happenstance of geography, it is the site of a canyon of black basalt carved by the Colorado River,

By Everett Potter Back in the 1950’s, a former British naval intelligence officer named Ian Fleming would decamp to Jamaica for a couple of months each winter. Now a budding novelist, he would knock off a new thriller in eight or 10 weeks before returning to London. Thus was James

by Deborah Loeb Bohren As a travel photographer and writer for the past eight years, I can’t remember when I’ve gone five months without getting on a plane, exploring a new city and taking thousands of photographs. But the reality of Covid-19 with its travel restrictions and prohibitions has changed

Reviewed by Richard West “The past flows with the present, Into the deep pool of Now.’ (Anon.) Visiting Iceland, even reading about it, is never a disappointment as when Friday visits Sunday. The landscape is Day Four of the Creation: huge glaciers, naked lava, hot springs and geysers, volcanoes, black-sand