If you don’t take long-haul flights very often, everything about the experience can seem intimidating—the interminable hours aloft, the sketchy choice of seats, choosing an airline you know nothing about, wondering if and how well you will be fed, dealing with … [Read more...] about 9 Must-Dos Before a Long Flight
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Introduction by Amanda FestaSummer reading is as representative of the season as backyard BBQs and beach days. If you are like us, you enjoy the throwback to youth when school ending led to a list of must-read books for summer consumption. Now, “must-read” … [Read more...] about Summer Reading for the Literary Traveler — Beat the Heat and Join the Challenge!
By Loretta DonelanWhile watching Saving Mr. Banks, it’s hard not to wonder what the real P.L. Travers would think of the film. Treacle, I imagine her saying. Pure, Disney treacle.And the film is treacly, but those who are not spinsterly writers with daddy issues can … [Read more...] about Fact vs. Fiction: The Wonderful World of Saving Mr. Banks
by Ethan GilsdorfOxford–I had vowed to take Dead Man’s Walk. To sneak into Gothic-trimmed courtyards. To wander beside the shadow of J. R. R. Tolkien, the father of modern fantasy, and listen for remnants of his voice.I had come to see the dim pubs where he drank up … [Read more...] about J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: A Literary Friendship and Rivalry
By Haley Houseman. Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show encourages us to take our current events with both seriousness and levity, but […] By Wesley Sharer When I think of my wife I always think of her head. I picture cracking her lovely […] By Jessica Monk … [Read more...] about Current Events and the Big Screen: ‘Rosewater’ and the Arab Spring Gone Girl: What’s Lost in Translation and Does it Matter? The Adaption Comes Full Circle: The True Story of Philomena’s Lost Child Fact vs. Fiction: The Wonderful World of Saving Mr. Banks The Book Thief and the Power of Storytelling The Counselor: Cormac McCarthy as Screenwriter and Why it Works Anatomy of The Great Gatsby: Literary Traveler takes on Luhrmann Beauty in Madness: Lessons from the Silver Linings Playbook
Even in a holiday week, the outdoor world keeps spinning out unbelievable stories. This week's edition of F vs. F sees humans pitted against nature in a struggle for survival--but not all the events are true. Can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and … [Read more...] about Fact Or Fiction: Survival Edition
This week's F vs. F should be a gimme—you've got a 1/3 chance of getting it right, after all. Can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and remember, no using Google to cheat!Metallica singer James Hetfield gives 330 acres to California open … [Read more...] about Fact Or Fiction: Bobcat fights, Natural Climate Change and Metallica’s Open Space
Dog Hiking, Shark Petting, and ice climbing in a parking lot: All this week's F vs. F entries are rooted in truth, however wild or sensational. But one has an exaggerated detail—can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and remember, no using … [Read more...] about Fact Or Fiction: Dog Hikers, Shark Whisperers, and Parking Lot Ice Climbing
As the holidays get closer, outdoor news just gets weirder and weirder—Christmas Tree disasters! Cheese Jerky! But not all of these are real—can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and remember, no using Google to cheat!Oregon couple … [Read more...] about Fact Or Fiction: Christmas Tree Survival, Tim DeChristopher, and Wisconsin Cheese Jerky
A new year dawns, but one thing's sure to stay the same: as long as we keep going outside, we'll keep seeing weird n' wild outdoor news. 2010 seems especially fruitful already, as this week's edition of F vs. F can attest. Can you figure out the false bit of news? Read on to find … [Read more...] about Fact Or Fiction: Hello, 2010!