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How can I, a high schooler in small-town Wisconsin, help reduce plastic waste both locally and globally? Are there people in the U. What makes some plastics recyclable and others not? What happened to the building blocks for housing, walls, sidewalks, etc. What can I do to aid the activist in this story? From NPR's special series, The Plastic Tide "Exploring plastic waste in our environment" "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Dick "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny. See Archives and Submission guidelines. Ben Goldacre's column from The Guardian, covering media misrepresentations of science, with a particular focus on medicine--with a forum. Our all-expenses-paid fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from their newsrooms to hone health reporting skills.
One day's read brought this gem: In the U. Scientists and philosophers debate the vital ideas of existence, the deepest questions. Closer to Truth discusses life's most essential topics and encourages the conversation to continue. Sections: biology, book reviews, chemistry, health, mental illness, notable women, pregnancy, physics, pregnancy , science education, everything else. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty and ethics in leadership and governance of health care. See also HealthNewsReview. Read Declan Butler's article in Nature: Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing "The explosion in open-access publishing has fuelled the rise of questionable operators.
Great material. See for example behind-the-story interviews , elements of craft , Pitch database , essential guide to science blogging , A day in the life , natural habitat where science writers share their working spaces -- offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks -- and the accoutrements that help them do their work ,and other resources. Adriane Fugh-Berman , an independent, publicly funded project that empowers physicians to identify and counter inappropriate pharmaceutical promotion practices. No advertising or corporate sponsorship.
Against quackery etc. Curated quarterly. You need an expert, and you need that expert now. Scientific expertise and context on deadline. Smith, "the complete reference guide to complementary and alternative health therapies". I won't even mention the European countries. MIT's Knight Science Journalism''s online magazine, called Undark "as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science not just as a 'gee-whiz' phenomenon, but as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture.
Medical ghostwriting aka collaboration Medical writers who collaborate with scientists are often viewed as ghostwriters--which they are, if their role is not disclosed publicly, as it should be. He deplores "paper-writing factories" that crank out essays for students; ghostwriting of doctoral theses; and ghostwriting of biomedical research papers. They may also not be impartial. These articles prepared by medical writers hired by the industries are then given to certain ;invited authors' who put their name to them in return for payment.
But as Knvul Sheikh writes, first-person anecdotes allow journalists to connect with readers by lending authority and emotional authenticity to stories, building up narrative tension, or lightening the tone of a piece. First-person can also be used to check personal biases and reveal conflicts of interest, avoid awkward phrasing, or breathe life into arcane concepts.
Stories, in other words, with a structure we learn in childhood and that remains familiar throughout our lives Research papers tell great stories—movements from what we used to know to what we know now and, in the middle, how we learned it. The story: The Billion-Year Wave Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, , reprinted with permission 'Boyle provides insight into how Twilley brought out the human drama in the story while also revealing interesting details about the science itself.
She also interviews Twilley about the story behind the story, asking about her thoughts on the piece and exploring particular scenes that made Boyle wonder: How many questions must she have needed to ask to get to these incredible gems? The three storylines are: i quest discovery, which features scientists producing knowledge through an honorable journey; ii counterfeit quest discovery, which centers on an individual or group of scientists producing a spurious finding through a dishonorable one; and iii a systemic problem structure, which suggests that some of the practices that protect science are broken, or worse, that science is no longer self-correcting or in crisis.
In many ways, it is the opposite of a narrative — the punch-line goes first, the build-up after. The beauty of the Inverted Pyramid for the writers and editors is that any article can be chopped up and made shorter Carl Zimmer, Andy Revkin, Bora Zivkovic, Seth Mnookin, and Emily Bell talk about "everything from journalistic innovation to dealing with science and anti-science controversies, the role of science blogging to problems with peer-reviewed literature and pay walls, the changing nature of news consumption to the meaning of 'story.
While the blogosphere can quickly act as a corrective, traditional science journals are still 'ossified in their response,' said Zimmer. Do a search and find this piece way down on the web page. Much material here and on the World Science Festival blog. See also some webcasts. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to pm in the Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Club, followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public. Peter L. Rudnytsky and Rita Charon. Narrative medicine and medical narrative blogs, books, and other wonderful material on the subject--Pat McNees's links.
Getting the numbers right "People don't have a strong intuitive sense of how much bigger 1 billion is than 1 million. A question-and-answer service aimed at math students but others can use it to ask questions specifically about math and math problems. Steven Woloshin, Lisa M. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.
Use this tool to search for general payments excluding research and ownership interests made from August to December Search for payments made by 17 drug companies between and Annesley, Clinical Chemistry, Aug Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U. Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. Where to find the documents that will give you the numbers. What's the margin of error? Were participants compensated? Also provides links to more tips on polling. Missing from most stories about the rising rate among young men is any quantification of the actual rate of colon cancer in these groups, and few outlets challenged the narrative that more lives would be saved with an earlier start to screening and that the benefits would outweigh potential harms, which include bowel perforation and complications from anesthesia.
Plurality: The magic number of electoral votes a presidential candidate must win to achieve a majority — that is, 50 percent or more — is Free self-directed three-hour online course, which covers everything from reducing fractions and other math essentials to topics specifically for journalists, such as calculating cost of living and estimating crowd sizes. The goal: to make routine math routine. Info a reporter's guide to using numbers for better reporting and editing--for example, calculating property taxes, interpreting workforce numbers, using U.
Census data correctly, and reporting on the cost of college sports site created by Rich Exner, a data analysis editor at Cleveland. Yet, we are laying the groundwork, and by tackling the fears, we are setting people up for lifetimes of learning Other helpful advice that emerged from the study was to be bold about blended learning.
One of my respondents said she required students to complete Lynda. In one trial, they used two heartburn drugs, giving each participant a print ad for both Amcid and Maxtor. Half of the participants were also given the brief summary written by the maker of the drug. The other half received drug facts boxes instead of the brief summary. The drug facts boxes led to a better understanding of the effectiveness of each drug If you can do that for a product like Cocoa Krispies, why can't you do that for a product like Lunesta or Lipitor, where the stakes are so high?
We want doctors, the public, and policymakers to know what they can and cannot get from various medications, treatments, and interventions. Carroll explains why they came to different numbers. Note: The Tufts Center is funded, to a large extent, by the pharmaceutical industry. See also Drugs, Big Pharma, conflicts of interest, and why U. Miscellaneous resources for science and medical writers Everything that didn't fit into specific categories above.
For this column, NASW book editor Lynne Lamberg asks NASW authors to tell how they came up with the idea for their book, developed a proposal, found an agent and publisher, funded and conducted research, and put the book together. She also asks what they wish they had known before they began working on their book, what they might do differently the next time, and what tips they can offer aspiring authors.
We support projects that bring scientific concepts — and scientists — to the general public. Often, these projects allow participants to see scientific concepts in everyday life. We give them the experience of being scientists themselves. Cynthia Graber and Katharine Gammon, The Open Notebook, "Of the 1, articles included in our analysis, female writers wrote articles, and male writers wrote But for longer front-of-book or back-of-book pieces, where writers have an opportunity to showcase their writing style and establish credentials that could lead to opportunities to write the more prestigious feature articles, men outnumbered women, in some cases by a factor of two or three to one.
Can eating blueberries keep my mind sharp? Will bacon give me colon cancer? But observational studies using memory-based measures of dietary intake are tools too crude to provide answers with this level of granularity. For health journalists in particular, this story is perhaps the most important of the three. Understanding replication and reproducibility are essential to providing context in stories about the latest study. On Yong's blog you can read personal accounts of how people got into science writing, with advice to those just starting in the field.
Also on Yong's Discover blog Not Exactly Rocket Science , check out his amusing analysis of the science writing process. Oliver's on what's required for technical writing. Norman's other reports include How to find and price medical writing jobs For more such summaries, including an interesting piece on text retrieval and search engines , go to Bauman's website, Medical Writing in New York. See, for example, this thoughtful long piece on redesigning science magazines. How do you know? What are the crucial differences between the two specializations? The question arose when Slate science editor Laura Helmuth was visiting a class that Ann Finkbeiner teaches at the graduate program in science writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Ann, hoping to help her students figure out whether they were natively editors or natively writers, asked Laura about the difference between writers and editors. Together they asked several science writers. Part I: The writers. Part II: The editors. Providing scientists and scientific institutions with the resources they need to have meaningful conversations with the public.
Should clinical trials be better regulated? Should they be regulated out of existence? Definitely not. Levine, Scientific American, Student entomologist Amanda Fujikawa's research in the Nebraska Sandhills shows that long-held beliefs in forensic entomology may need revision. Beetles might precede blowflies not vice versa, as forensic entomology has long suggested , a finding that could change time of death and other calculations made by crime-scene investigators. Levine got that science story by keeping up with the local business news beat. All science should be explained with dance.
Are we giving up too much of our humanity to technology? Directory of thousands of open access, peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journals which do not charge readers or their institutions for access , with link to journals' websites. Washington Post graphic on the various Myers-Briggs types.
Corporate America, the government and universities think so. This graphic shows the 16 types and explains them in context of the Myers-Briggs philosophy. Elliott said more journalists saw opinion and attitude as an easy way to get attention—and a bigger paycheck. He died 10 years ago, just as the Internet was further showing that there often is more money in cleverness and Twitter followers than in good reporting Bet on good journalism—the kind done by the New York Times and Washington Post—to be the key to who survives in the digital age.
And hope that someday a Lab or Golden Retriever will win the big dog show. Emma Hitt teaches a six-week course in medical writing.
Science news that's just a click away. Portals for the public, reporters, and embargoes news; a resource for reporters,a tool for public information officers PIOs. A public service project of the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her friend May Jeong investigated her death. Mapping the gaps on elder abuse. Framing immigration reform. How to frame informal STEM learning for maximum effect. Building new narrative on human services.
Communicating the complex. Gender and justice. National Academies Press. Scroll down to see more such titles, all of which sell for fairly high prices but at least most of which can be downloaded free in PDF versions. It helps me feel less anxiety maybe about my own life, because Earth has been here a really long time The more I cover geophysics and planetary science and physics, the more I find that we are all trying to understand what the hell is going on here.
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How did we get here? Healthcare Hashtag Project. Discover where the healthcare conversations on Twitter are taking place, discover who to follow within your specialty or disease or on a specific topic, and find the best from conferences or moderated chats in real time or in archives for example, there are lively discussions at eldercarechat and there is a whole page on breast cancer hashtags.
Scientific American, Excellent advice for aspiring science writers. You use topic sentences at the beginning of paragraphs. You create logic and flow between ideas. Writing about business taught her how to break through the army of public relations specialists surrounding prominent executives" to get "access for in-depth profiles—a skill she now uses in covering technology. And life as a foreign correspondent taught Donald G.
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McNeil Jr. Humor among peer reviewers. But she never received her early-morning call from Stockholm. On Sunday, she died at the age of An argument frequently heard against Rubin's Nobel-worthiness is that dark matter is still technically theoretical. Some scientists are still working to come up with alternate theories to explain the behavior of the Universe This would be a great argument, if not for the fact that the men who discovered dark energy—no less important than dark matter, but no less "theoretical" either—were honored with the prize in And their observations took place a good 20 years after Rubin did her work.
Lee, Buzzfeed, Brian Wansink won fame, funding, and influence for his science-backed advice on healthy eating. For every answer you get, ask five more questions, says Banaszynski. Stay in the moment and peel it back. This article appears to be no longer online, but the title is so good I am keeping it here, as a place marker and a warning to journals that it could come back.
Diverse Sources is changing that. Critical examinations of studies and news on food, weight, health and healthcare, and our world -- information mainstream media misses. Debunks popular myths, explains science, and exposes fraud that affects your health. Plus some fun food for thought. For readers not afraid to question and think critically to get to the truth.
Knight Science Journalism 9-month fellowships , and FAQs about the fellowships The Laryngospasms , a group of certified registered nurse anesthetists, create and perform medical parodies check the videos, including "Waking Up Is Hard to Do" "Lying is done with words and also with silence. Ironically, because of the media focus on the trial, the perspectives of the cattle industry were also highlighted.
The public got the message that there was little evidence that bovine spongiform encephalopathy BSE threatened American livestock in a substantial way. Making the leap from news to books: Critical questions The Open Notebook--The story behind the best science stories. The questions that go into books might be different from those that drive newspaper and magazine journalism. Are there essential questions that journalists might not ask but which book authors should? Interesting responses. Medical News Today highlights of recent medical news. Evans, Hastings Center Report, Breakthroughs like Watson and Crick's into the mysteries of how genetic info is transmitted happen once or twice a century.
And more damaging, the resulting breakthrough mentality misleads the public, the media, and society's decision-makers about how science really works, all to the detriment of scientific progress and our society's well-being Science is a sputtering course, filled with dead-ends, U-turns, and blind leads; it's not a smooth, relentless trajectory. See its links to useful organizations, resources. Each week Nature publishes a free audio show.
Listen online to the archived podcasts Nature vs. Professional journalists can sign up to receive Newswise news alerts, access to embargoed news, and contact info for expert sources. NIH Research. News updates here. Online resources for science writers National Association of Science Writers. Great material for science writers. See, for example, behind-the-story interviews , elements of craft , natural habitat where science writers share their working spaces -- offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks -- and the accoutrements that help them do their work , and other resources.
Roughly: SEED magazine, owner of the well-regarded ScienceBlogs network, "decided to allow Pepsi to have its own blog on the network, called 'Food Frontiers'—which, of course, they would pay for, not unlike a block of continuous advertising space. Many bloggers at ScienceBlogs are not happy about this. The standard for any credible science journalism network is that writers earn their space on merit, not because they have products to pitch. PHIL Public Health Image Library , an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's images "organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science" and "presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files" for use by "public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.
Invaluable for journalists and the public. Here is a PubMed Tutorial on how to narrow your search etc. Pulse: voices from the heart of medicine personal accounts of illness and healing, fostering the humanistic practice of medicine, encouraging health care advocacy. See Pulse's archive of poems and stories. Mainly: less credit to sources--and why not post those online? Science Alert. Click on envelope icon to get Science Alerts daily by email.
Science as Falsification Sir Karl R. Popper, excerpt from Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge --something on the philosophy of science that my godson recommends. You can listen to Popper explaining the same thing on YouTube. And here's Wikipedia's summary of Popper's claim to solve the philosophical problem of induction.
Do check out the comments. An important and interesting conversation about why science doesn't have a higher seat at the journalism table. But for longer front-of-book or back-of-book pieces, where writers have an opportunity to showcase their writing style and establish credentials that could lead to opportunities to write the more prestigious feature articles, men outnumbered women, in some cases by a factor of two or three to one At nearly all publications we examined, men published more in-depth feature stories than women did.
To nominate pieces tag them scicomm scistory sciencemedia The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete James Somers, The Atlantic, Scientific papers haven't changed much since they their origins in the s. Sciseek once a science search engine and directory, now "we do science content curation, providing relevant and compelling science content" Science writer is quite the specimen himself: He's 94 Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle's David Perlman churned out stories last year and is still going strong.
Not bad for someone born before the discovery of penicillin and Pluto. Sci-Hub v. Welcome to Sci-Hub , the Pirate Bay of science. And she's now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the world's biggest publishers. The only costs that academic publishers incur are typically for production, which are limited if publication is purely digital, as is increasingly the case.
Such elevated profit margins have come as the prices paid by academic libraries to subscribe to titles have increased rapidly. Moreover, they orchestrate the vetting, editing and archiving of articles. But they charge those same researchers, reviewers and editors, not to mention the public, whose tax dollars most likely funded the study in the first place, to read the resulting articles. Elbakyan wrote. And in many cases, the articles below them. First he explains a few points, then he points to publications that got the science wrong. Two lessons for newsrooms: It's a bad idea to rush to hit stories just because you see coverage of them elsewhere—especially in cases where the story is more than a year old.
And you probably shouldn't be covering stories if you don't have anyone on staff who specializes in that subject area. A mere selection, from more than 50 blog entries: David Dobbs on science writing: 'hung down jargon and kill it' David Dobbs, The Guardian, Mo Costandi on science blogging 'You've nothing to lose' Mo Costandi on science writing: a good story conveys wonderment Jacob Aron on science writing: 'Analogies are like forklift trucks' Michael Hanlon on science writing: 'You need a bullshit detector' Linda Geddes on science writing: 'There is always another side to the story' Geoff Brumfiel on science writing: 'Search out the voices you disagree with' Helen Pearson on science writing: 'Surprise me!
Sciline director Rick Weiss, a veteran science reporter, says that the project comes at a vital time for both the production and distribution of science reporting. Seven Days of Heroin. Kumar, Science Center, 1: Know your audience. For ECRs, the hardest part is perhaps the latter one, i. As science journalism gains more acceptance in the scientific community, it becomes more important than ever for ECRs to engage with the general audience through popular writing.
There should be more. Tip sheets for health care journalists and experts available only to members of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Tip sheet topics include Statistical errors even you can find, What you need to know about risks, rates and ratios, Medicine Words, numbers and journals, Resources for covering mental health and the military, Sources and resources for journalists covering aging, Digging into hospital finances, Domestic violence, budgets and the economy, Problems faced by ethnic minorities, Investigating health care fraud, How well does your state oversee nurses, many more -- great resources!
Speedwriting, PearNote, Livescribe, alternative handwriting systems, and more. Toolkit for New Medical Writers free and online resources and guidance, for both scientific medical writing and medical marketing writing , Delaware Valley chapter, American Medical Writers Association Toolkit for journalists and consumers HealthNewsReview. Mackey, NatureJobs. Is there something wrong with the scientific method? The "decline effect": The decline of significance in positive results from clinical trials -- results that are rigorously proved and accepted -- start shrinking in later studies.
This can be explained by selective reporting, regression to the mean, and positive publication bias. Early termination of trials that show a positive result could also enshrine a statistical fluke, adds one reader. Save time and sign up to follow the tweeters on Katharine O'Moore-Klopf's lists of good Twitter feeds. By category: Health and medicine, news media, science resources, scientists, freelancing resources, and edit-Long-Islanders. These news articles may be important sources of information to patients, the public, and investors—with a broader reach than medical journal articles.
However, omission of medical context or use of inflated descriptors may lead to misunderstandings among readers. Ibrahim, version 4, Jan. This tension keeps all of us, myself included, beholden to unbelievably low rates when we want a flashy byline. The copyright page often carries a warning that anyone who buys a book missing its front cover should assume that the publisher has received no payment and the author has received no royalties for that copy. The mass-market paperbacks sold in airport newsstands have given rise to the vaguely defined literary genre of the " airport novel ", bought by travelers to read during their potentially long hours of sitting and waiting.
Mass-market paperbacks also have offered collections of comic strips and magazine cartoon series, such as Ernie Bushmiller 's Nancy and Chon Day 's Brother Sebastian. This size has been used to distinguish literary novels from genre fiction. A trade paperback, sometimes referred to as a "trade paper edition" or just as a "trade", is a higher-quality paperback book. If it is a softcover edition of a previous hardcover edition, and if published by the same publishing house as the hardcover, the text pages are normally identical to the text pages in the hardcover edition, and the book is close to the same size as the hardcover edition.
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Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. Norman Lewis traveled in Indo-China during the precarious last years of the French colonial regime. Much of the charm and grandeur of the ancient native civilizations survived until the devastation of the Vietnam War. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery. In Tiziano Terzani was told by a fortuneteller in Hong Kong that he must not fly as there will be a grave risk of him dying.
In Terzani took heed to the reading and decided not to fly for the year. As a journalist based in Asia he travelled by land and sea, visiting fortunetellers, oracles, and sorcerers along the way and revealing the superstitious ways of life in Asia. Aiming to track down a small oasis town deep in the Sahara, some of whose generous inhabitants came to her rescue on a black day in her adolescence, Annie Hawes leaves her home in the olive groves of Italy and sets off along the south coast of the Mediterranean, travelling through Morocco and Algeria.
A House in Bali tells the story of Balinese culture through a history of Balinese music. It sounded like the perfect distraction from home life and thoughts about the future. American Shaolin is the story of the two years Matthew Polly spent in China living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks. Scott Fitzgerald. In December , a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen.
In , travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance. An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale. In , when no mountain taller than 8, meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,meter Himalayan peak called Annapurna. But unlike other climbs, the routes up Annapurna had never been charted. Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a single untried route, and go for the summit. Drawing on her travels across the continent, Gabrielle Walker illuminates what it feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people.
Witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European.
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez. Barry Lopez offers a thorough examination of the Far North-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. In September , Riaan Manser rode out of Cape Town, determined to become the first person to circumnavigate Africa by bicycle. He thought it would take him a year — it took him over two. At the end of , he cycled back into Cape Town, 14kg lighter and having covered 36, km through thirty-four countries.
Desperate to escape South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. In he travelled with his friend Hugh Carless from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Inexperienced and ill prepared, the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth.
For Laurie Lee, as for much of the world, was the end of innocence. Lee recalls the first great journey of his young life, in which he walks through Spain and becomes entangled in the passionate, bloody struggle that was the Spanish Civil War. This memoir, written with the excitement and wonder of a twenty-year-old, is also infused with the prescience of a young adult who sees what lies ahead.
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other — a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage. At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from London in on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople.
A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. From crossing international borders unconventionally to dodging bombs in Lebanon, Wendy manages to find herself in adventurous situations. He describes how disillusionment with society in the s drove him out onto the road on a walk across America. Many miles later, he learned lessons about his country and himself that resonate to this day. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. In maps still identified Montana as the Great American Desert.
In that year Congress offered acre tracts of land to anyone bold or foolish enough to stake a claim to them. Countless homesteaders went west to make their fortunes. Most failed. In Bad Land, Jonathan Raban travels through the unforgiving country that was the scene of their dreams and undoing, and makes their stories come alive.
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Horwitz was a foreign correspondent in the Middle East the late s. From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. This new edition includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between l and Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan.
Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell. Durrell tells the story of his experiences on Cyprus between and first as a visitor, then as a householder and teacher, and finally as Press Advisor to a government coping with armed rebellion.
He writes about the sunlit villages and people, the ancient buildings, mountains and sea-and the somber political tragedy that finally engulfed the island. Written on the brink of World War II, this examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, this book probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie. This is a road novel in the form of autobiography.
When the Depression arrived, Guthrie hit the road and travelled round America. He became a folksinger, guitarist, merchant seaman, actor, artist and broadcaster. Guthrie incarnated for generations of Americans the artist as free spirit. This is the book that created the legend. Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. On 20th May the Indian summer monsoon begins to envelop the country in two great wet arms, one coming from the east, the other from the west.
They are united over central India around 10th July, a date that can be calculated within seven or eight days. Alexander Frater aims to follow the monsoon, sometimes behind it, sometimes in front of it, while watching the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies.
Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure. Coming into the Country by John McPhee. Coming into the Country is an account of Alaska and Alaskans.
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It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole. In her fifteen years of flight experience she recounts crazy airline passengers and crew drama, overcrowded crashpads, and finding love at 35, feet. Part history, part philosophy, part travelogue, Claudio Magris tracks the Danube River, setting his finger on the pulse of Central Europe.
A journey through the history and culture of the Danube lands, from the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. In Nick Danziger started an month journey from Istanbul to Peking, following the old Silk route. With minimal gear and disguised as an itinerant Muslim, he hitch-hiked and walked through southern Turkey, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs, entering Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and then spent months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with the rebel guerillas. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.
Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Kohnstamm unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travellers, and the destinations themselves. When Rosemary Mahoney, in , took a solo trip down the Nile in a seven-foot rowboat, she discovered modern Egypt for herself. As a rower, she faced crocodiles and testy river currents; as a female, she confronted deeply-held beliefs about foreign women while cautiously remaining open to genuine friendship; and, as a traveler, she experienced events that ranged from the humorous to the hair-raising.
Driving Mr Albert by Michael Paterniti. The true story of how in writer Michael Paterniti agreed to take a road trip from New Jersey to California, reuniting the preserved brain of Albert Einstein with his granddaughter Evelyn. I was recommended to read this book and was unaware of the hype, so I enjoyed it without any expectation. Once his tiny boat pushed off the banks of this mysterious river, Tayler realised he was in a place where maps and supplies would have no bearing on his survival. Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K.
Ernest K. He had flown in both peace and war and came close to death many times. The book recalls the characters he met and the dramas he experienced, portraying fate or death as a hunter constantly in pursuit of pilots. Hunter S. Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma using the life and work of George Orwell as her compass.
Following the route taken by British explorer Ivan Champion in , Salak travelled across Papua New Guinea by dugout canoe and on foot. Along the way, she stayed in a village where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of missionaries, met the leader of the separatist guerrilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea, and undertook an epic trek through the jungle.
Living in Rome for a year, Doerr visits the piazzas and temples, attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II, and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. His family are embraced by the neighborhood merchants, whose stories and child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.
George and Ben have three weeks to cycle miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland, but they have no bikes, no clothes, no food and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from bikes to beer. For almost a year, Michael Palin travelled through 18 countries on the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, in a journey of contrasts, drama and beauty.
From head-hunters in Borneo to a meal of maggots in Mexico, his route takes him to some of the most politically volatile and physically demanding places on Earth. Give Me the World by Leila Hadley. This sets her life on an entirely new course. After Manila, Hong Kong and Bangkok, their travels take an unexpected turn: she meets 4 young men sailing their boat around the world, and convinces them to let her and Kippy join them.
Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged Sierra Madre mountains is home to bandits, drug smugglers, and assorted outcasts. Great Plains by Ian Frazier. Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25, miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. Here is New York by E. Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.
It had never been done before. Not in years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitchhiked the length of Japan. But, heady on sakura and sake, Will Ferguson bet he could do both. Holidays in Hell by P. India is a place that has some people swearing never to return. That was the case with Sarah Macdonald, who went backpacking there when she was Twelve years later her new boyfriend — a correspondent for ABC Australia — is posted to New Delhi and she returns with him.
Lauren Juliff quit her job and sold everything she owned to travel the world. This book is about following your dreams, getting out of your comfort zone, and falling in love with life on the road. Iberia by James A. He not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Overweight, overworked, and disenchanted, Kerkeling was an unlikely candidate to make the pilgrimage to the Spanish shrine of St.
James, but he decided to get off the couch and do it anyway. Lonely and searching for meaning along the way, he began the journal that turned into this engaging book. Shah travels Morocco to uncover mysteries hidden for centuries from Western eyes. As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Sahara sands, and samples the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a treasury of traditional wisdom stories which open the doors to layers of culture most visitors hardly realize exist.
He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces.
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