Category Archives: Travel

Our Community of Faith

I have spent long years in Muslim lands. This is not a complaint; the exotic and the different and the meaningful; friends and a fight worth fighting. But ‘other’ after all, as the Call to Prayer fades into the background … Continue reading

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We All Who Are Human

It’s raining outside, that thick drenching African rain. On the other side of the concertina wire somebody is sheltering under a mango tree fiddling with a radio, looking for a signal stronger than the pounding of the droplets on the … Continue reading

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Our Tremendous Inequality

Painters and poets and inventors, dreamers all – starving and blind. Paul Gauguin on a tropical island painting the interior walls of his desperate cabin before burning it to the ground in his madness (if we are to believe W. … Continue reading

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On Literary Fiction and Empathy

I recently received a review on my newest novel “I, Charles, From the Camps”. I mostly don’t pay much attention to reviews, but this one made me think. While laudatory regarding the plot and story line and beats and sense … Continue reading

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My Visit to Sharm El Sheikh

The sun has set, releasing its stranglehold on the peninsula. The warm gentle breezes blow the Arabian night air around as people who have waited out the hostile day prepare at last for the reprieve. The smells of salt and … Continue reading

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“A Hermit in Paris” or “A Commie in America”?

“I believe that this is the ideal condition for a writer, close to anonymity: that is when his maximum authority develops, when the writer does not have a face, a presence, but the world he portrays takes up the whole … Continue reading

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Deneen and the Defense of Culture: on “Why Liberalism Failed”

I recently returned home from a business trip. West Africa, Istanbul, Bangkok, Paris and back to West Africa. It’s appropriate that my journey started in West Africa, from whence Robert Kaplan twenty-five years ago warned us of the ‘coming anarchy’, … Continue reading

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