Category Archives: History

Another Roadside Attraction

Historian and self-taught photographer John Margolies spent the last three decades of the 20th century wandering the back roads, small towns, and old highways of the U.S. capturing images of a disappearing culture. His saturated Kodachrome images of kitsch signage, … Continue reading

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Manhattan Cowcatcher

I recently read Kim Stanley Robinson’s outstanding—but way too long—climate change, post-apocalyptic, science fiction novel “New York 2140.” Although much of the plot takes place in Manhattan’s Met Life Building, the characters frequently comment on the neighboring Flatiron Building. It … Continue reading

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Look to the Skies

With the solar eclipse less than a week away, much of North America is looking to the skies.

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Miracle of Dunkirk

I had the opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s exceptional film Dunkirk this past weekend and have been ruminating on the experience since. I won’t spoil the film by commenting much on the content, however I strongly urge you to view it on … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Here in North America, we are getting almost giddy about the upcoming solar eclipse which will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. Unfortunately for me, my region of the U.S. will only be in a partial eclipse zone. Way back … Continue reading

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Scandal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

As I have probably mentioned a few times, one of my favorite places in Philly is the amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art. In fact, I usually drag every out of town visitor there whether they express any interest in going … Continue reading

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Detour for Free This Summer

The very popular location-aware travel guide app Detour usually cost $5, but for the rest of this summer it’s absolutely free. With 16 U.S. and international cities currently covered, including NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, and Paris, the audio walking … Continue reading

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Summer Reads Pt 1

For some reason, I receive requests for reading recommendations from followers of TBTP. It may be because I’m in the book trade, who knows why. Anyway, I thought that I would share a short list of books that I have … Continue reading

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Happy Bookstore Birthday

This week New York City’s beloved Strand Bookstore celebrated its 90th anniversary. Although book shops seem to be going out of business daily in NYC, the Strand—and its 90 year-old owner Fred Bass—are still going strong.

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Time Travel

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is currently showing an extraordinary short film titled “New York 1911”. Created from a restored nitrate print, the nine minute film enables the viewer to virtually time travel to turn of the century … Continue reading

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