Category Archives: USA

Libros Para el Viaje (Books for the Journey)

Libros Para el Viaje is the brainchild of Denise Chávez owner of Casa Camino Real Bookstore in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Since the summer of 2018, she has been collecting books and distributing them to refugees at the southern U.S. border … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Bookstore Tourism, South America, USA | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Wise Men Fished Here

In 2005, the legendary Gotham Book Mart in New York City closed its bricks and mortar store. By 2007, the iconic Manhattan bookseller was out of business for good.  Fortunately, the University of Pennsylvania was gifted much of the contents … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Bookstore Tourism, History, Libraries, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Take A Stand

Today is the birthday anniversary of African American sociologist, historian, writer, educator, poet, scholar, and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. Born February 23, 1868, Du Bois was the first black man to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of Speech, History, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

What’s so funny about peace and understanding

The 1964 World’s Fair was a two-year event centered on peace, understanding, and apparently, pop-up books. Released in 1963, Peter and Wendy See the New York World’s Fair shows two children, Peter and Wendy, – no relation to Peter Pan or Wendy … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Books, History, USA | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Center for Fiction

Awhile ago I shared a story about the imminent big move for New York City’s historic Center for Fiction from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Well, it has finally happened and the new site’s grand opening is on Tuesday February 19th. The … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Books, Bookstore Tourism, History, Libraries, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Thank You & Have A Pleasant Trip

New York City-based filmmaker Nicolas Heller and illustrator Naomi Otsu have created this wonderful series of public transit etiquette TSAs. The pair have been distributing their DIY pamphlet throughout the NYC subway system and have even received the unofficial seal … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Public Transport, Uncategorized, USA | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Words of Wisdom

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Stand in Philadelphia

Just before Philadelphia got walloped by the infamous polar vortex, British artist Antony Gormley installed an impressive large-scale series of sculptures called STAND on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The huge figures invite engagement from the … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Museums, USA | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Nothing is harder on the soul

One of my happiest moments was finding one of my books for sale at the iconic City Lights in San Francisco many, many years ago. I am pleased to see that they continue to be a beacon for truth and … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Bookstore Tourism, USA | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Medium is the Message

Book Guns is a powerful series of book sculptures created by New York City-based artist Robert The. “Obsession with the semiotic erosion of meaning and reality led me to create objects that evangelize their own relevance by a direct fusion of … Continue reading

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