Recommended Reads: March 21, 2010

by Gray Cargill on March 21, 2010

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A post at World Hum turned me onto this great article by Andrew Seal at Biographia Literaria titled New York Novels and Chicago Novels, in which he discusses the way regions of the U.S. are treated in literature.  It’s a good read for an English major and other lit lovers.

Here’s an article by Dave and Deb at ThePlanetD.com, How Travel As a Couple Makes Life Easier that is worth checking out.  I know, you’re probably wondering how I could recommend an article that seems to negate the joys of solo travel.  On the contrary, I think most of us who travel solo are very well aware that there are inherent difficulties in traveling solo, and that our travel lives could potentially be easier if we had a traveling companion that suited us.  Dave and Deb make a great case for this.  But those ideal traveling companions are rare indeed. And sometimes, it is worth doing things (like solo travel) that are more difficult.  Still, I occasionally wish for my ideal travel partner, so I can have one of those “easier” adventures.

Darlene Wade (aka @nydarling on Twitter) turned me on to this fantastic piece by Benny Lewis (@irishpolyglot) at Fluentin3Months.com, Are you closed minded? How I finally learned to get along with Parisians.  It’s a self-examination about how one’s own expectations and perceptions can color the way they view their experience in a foreign locale.

I loved this article by Candice Walsh at Candice Does the WorldSpring, Some Promises, and Why Some Things Are Worth the Wait.  I could so relate.  Living in Vermont, where winter is 6 months long and experiencing the first warm days of spring is like being released from prison.  If you don’t know what a harsh winter is like, how can you truly appreciate the first warm days of spring?  And how can you appreciate places you travel to, if you can’t work up any appreciation of what’s enjoyable about where you live?

After last week’s prologue to Lauren Quinn‘s road trip down the California coast, I do hope you’re reading about her adventures at her blog, LonelyGirlTravels.com, including this fabulous piece called Wind and Dust and Real Wild West. Her road trip takes her to some places that most travelers wouldn’t think about, such as Salvation Mountain and Slab City.  And you know what?  That’s too bad, because these bits of the American experience say a lot about who we are beneath the surface.

Photo credit:  “On the platform, reading” by moriza.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriza/96724309/
GlobalButterfly March 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Awesome, can't wait to check out the links, thanks!

Benny the Irish polyglot March 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for the mention ;) Great other reads there!

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