Ever been to Johnsburg, Illinois? Have you received a Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis? Maybe you left Waukegan at the slamming of the door? Or perhaps you were simply full of wonder when you left Murfreesboro. If so, the Tom Waits map
is for you.
posted by scody
on Jan 17, 2014 -
John Cline writes book reviews for The Los Angeles Review of Books
, and has co-edited two anthologies
on grindhouse cinema. Last May he was awarded his PhD in American Studies and like so many others in the humanities was unable to find a job in his field. So he decided to go for a walk. Inspired by his hometown poet
and drawing on his longtime interest in American music and history, John decided to follow the path of The Great Migration up the Mississippi
, recording and blogging his experience. This would not be a test of endurance, but an sociological/anthropological immersion, a document about the land, history and people of the Mississippi River valley.
With some help from Kickstarter
John arranged to walk from New Orleans to Memphis, to work river boats from Memphis to St Louis and finally to travel by train the last leg to Chicago. Having started on Ash Wednesday
, he has already visited Angola Prison
, encountered a down on his luck former Rodeo Star
and discovered the joys of walking fifteen plus miles with a fifty pound pack on his back
. Most importantly he is sharing what he has learned of our modern lifestyle
and the nature of human kindness
posted by bozeman's simplex
on Mar 18, 2013 -
Fueled by Rice
- Five recent grads from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Unviersity recently set off from Beijing to bike across Asia and Europe
. The goal
of their bike trip is to spread international good will on the local level and advocate reducing carbon emissions and living slower-paced, more enjoyable lives. Along the way they will bike through rural areas and play music
in villages. As they travel, the group is posting photos
, a blog
, and will attempt to get a podcast up and running. They've even got the site up in Chinese
, though the site seems to be blocked
for most folks in China.
posted by pithy comment
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Not Flying Down To Rio For The Carnival?
Never mind! Beat the crowds but catch the beat by listening to this year's terrific sambas
before the rest of the world can. This is the real
shanty-town stuff, not the watered-down touristy rubbish[WindowsMedia required
]that passes for Samba. This year my favourite for first prize is Mangueira
. What's yours? The Brazilian Carnival
[learn all about it here
] starts Saturday and goes on straight through to Tuesday. For the latest inside information - including the Bin Laden Mask controversy - O Globo's
special web site[In Portuguese
]is unbeatable. Enjoy!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 6, 2002 -