Monthly Archives: October 2021

The Tell-Tale Heart

What better time than Halloween for a story from America’s father of psychological horror. And what better example than The Tell-Tale Heart. Among the numerous of Poe adaptations for stage, screen and television, there are at least 20 versions of The … Continue reading

Posted in Animation, Art, Books, Film, movies, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

the world dies over and over again


Posted in Books, USA, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween

I have no intention of ever setting foot inside the Salem, Massachusetts Salem Witch Board Museum but this spooky little museum in the historic town seems like the perfect spot for Halloween. The attraction located in the town that’s famous … Continue reading

Posted in History, Museums, Tourism, Uncategorized, USA | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Samhain Is Upon Us

In Ireland Samhain was an ancient pagan festival that marked the end of summer and the beginning of the Celtic new year and long winter ahead. (Samhain translates to “summer’s end” in Gaelic.) Begining at sundown on October 31 and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Europe, History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Stare hard enough at the fabric of night

FIELD OF SKULLS Mary Karr Stare hard enough at the fabric of night, and if you’re predisposed to dark—let’s say the window you’ve picked is a black postage stamp you spend hours at, sleepless, drinking gin after the I Love Lucy reruns … Continue reading

Posted in Books, USA, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

I’m an open book


Posted in Art, Books, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Modern Fairytale

If you visit TBTP on a regular basis, you are likely aware that I am a big fan on cartoonist Tom Gauld. Now he has published a wonderful children’s book just in time for the holiday season. The Little Wooden Robot … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Writing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Not Dracula

I am embarrassed to admit that I never read this Bram Stoker fantasy/horror collection. Under the Sunset is a collection of short stories by Bram Stoker (the author of Dracula), first published in 1881. It was illustrated by W. V. Cockburn and William FitzGerald. The stories … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Europe, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Light

Many years ago when I was writing a travel guide for Washington D.C., I discovered that one of its least visited sites was also one of its most beautiful. Overlooking the nation’s capital, the Washington National Cathedral is one of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Music, Tourism, USA | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Magical Mystery Tours

Japan is famous for its proliferation of gachapon, or capsule vending machines, which sell everything from exotic beverages to underwear. This summer, Peach Aviation, a Japanese airline that mainly flies domestic routes, began installing special vending machines that offer discounted airfares. … Continue reading

Posted in Air Travel, Asia, Tourism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment