Category Archives: USA

Maps Clear Up Any Confusion

While visitors to the U.S. are often confused by the language that we use to describe commonplace things in our culture, those of us who were born here are frequently baffled as well by the linguistic choices of other Americans. … 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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Books Are Transporting

The U.S. Library of Congress has just released the poster for this year’s National Book Festival on September 2, 2017 in Washington DC. If the artwork looks familiar, that’s because it’s by the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

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Really Useful Metro Mapping

If you are a regular reader of TBTP, you are well aware of my obsession with public transit maps. This one is actually amusing and useful. The folks at the Thrillist Washington D.C. website have augmented the city’s already excellent … 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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Writer’s Block

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Summer Reads Pt 2

Here’s another quick list from my recent reading pile. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh : If you are a fan of the inimitable Shirley Jackson, run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore for a copy of this mesmerizing, disturbing, and hilarious novel. … 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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Resist Periodically

Last January, I posted a story about RESIST! magazine, which was launched to coincide with the women’s marches against the illegitimate Trump regime. The editors Françoise Mouly and Nadia Spiegelman issued a second edition of the protest magazine on the … Continue reading

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