as I travel around the US in a truck and tiny camper, taking pictures and writing, well, blog entries. I left Asheville, NC on October 10, 2017 and one month in, I’m in New Mexico. So if you enjoy slow travel stories and photography, please join me!
I'm traveling to every state in the USA in 2017 and writing about it. For several reasons. I've been to eight states so far. There's an Instagram to go along with the blog.
New site for Anthony Bourdain, taking a deep dive into the destinations visited in Parts Unknown. His goal for the project: "go as far as we can, go as weird as we can, as deep as we can and as smart as we can." [more inside]
One of the problems in publishing poetry is that the books are so short. Of course nobody wants to pay $10-12 for a 40-page read, but it's difficult to produce a professional book (with editors, proofreaders, cover artists, book design, printing costs, promotional costs, etc.) for much less than that. We realized that we could steal from the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s, and put together three books from different poets in one volume. Somewhere between an anthology and a single-author collection, the Floodgate Poetry Series was born. Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 contains:
- Northern Corn by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee, which invites us on a trip across an America of dust, trains, poverty, dignity, and dreams;
- Begotten, by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, which unflinchingly explores fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter;
- and Driving through the Animal by Enid Shomer, which witnesses the tiniest details of ecological destruction and still provides some hope for the future, and which is Shomer's first poetry book since Stars At Noon (U Arkansas, 2001).
I’ve recently finished my master’s degree in computer science at the Technical University of Munich and will walk to my hometown in Austria over the course of seven days, starting tomorrow (14 September, 9:00 CEST). This website is my hiking journal. [more inside]
General Peter Pace (former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and his wife asked my friend Larry, a retired Maine schoolteacher, to carry an American flag through all 50 states. He invited me to come along as navigator and trip photographer. [more inside]
A Travel Guide generates random travel guides for all points on the globe using sentences wrenched from Wikivoyage. Its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text. [more inside]
A blog version of two books of thrilling travel yarns by forgotten Edwardian adventurer Cecil Herbert Prodgers, set in Bolivia, Chile and Peru. I'm working through them in annotated entries of around 1000 words each; the first volume, Adventures in Bolivia, is over halfway through, with our man Cecil in the thick of the jungle and facing danger from pumas, jaguars, piranha and candiru. [more inside]
The story of my young family's trip around the world told against the backdrop of my recovery from depression. [more inside]
A 30-page hand-drawn comic book about Moscow in 2014. Contains stories about mysterious women bikers, dark chocolate with cheese curds, avant-garde Russian poetry, the 'Moscow Face', anti-cafes and the music of Viktor Tsoi. [more inside]
Puppets sing a (somewhat adapted) classic muppet song, accompanied by flute and ukulele. Recorded in pieces as we travelled for work this year in Canada, the US, Kenya, Ethiopia, Spain, and France. [more inside]
Ephemera, architecture, sketches. A minimalist tumblr updating daily (WiFi availability permitting) for the next two weeks. [more inside]
The Edinburgh Fringe - the world's biggest arts festival - is under way, and we've composed a 256-page guidebook to the city written by over 160 comedians who are performing in the festival. [more inside]
Gratuities can be tricky: obligatory in some countries, but perceived as insulting in others. tipster.io aims to help travellers with an intuitive interface: devices and browsers that support geolocation receive tipping rates for their current location, while others can look up rates from a database of countries. [more inside]
For the last few years, I have traveled by bicycle with a 35mm camera and shot photos along the way. I am scanning and posting one image a day. [more inside]
My second young adult novel, Wanderlove, is available from Random House/Delacorte Press today. [more inside]
My handle (PHINC) is short for Philosophy INC, a project I've been working on for probably around ten years. Mostly I've used it to promote local events and art projects. Now I've turned Philosophy INC into a media project selling altered images of places I've visited. Mostly I'm looking for input on how this might be improved.
My documentary radio project, ShortWaveMusic [prev], has gone global! This is a new short video documenting the 2011 season, filmed on location throughout the United Arab Emirates in October 2010. (Future editions will include Ghana, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. Prior seasons were recorded in Ibiza and Bulgaria.) [more inside]
Welcome to 7 Days in L.A., home to the city's most interesting guided tours. We're not a tour operator, but a consortium of the region's best independent tour operators. Whether you're interested in architecture or true crime, film locations or graveyards, gay history or iconic L.A. literature, you'll find the perfect excursion on our community calendar, and all the information you need to book a tour. Why 7 Days in L.A? Because this city is too big and too complicated to understand without a native guide, and because you're smart enough to know that a one-size-fits-all experience is the wrong size for you. Consult our calendar, sign up for the newsletter, and let our passionate local historians show you the city that they love. Give us few hours, or your whole week, and we'll change the way you think about Los Angeles forever. [more inside]
My book Crossing the Heart of Africa just came out today. It's about retracing the 1898-1900 route of the British explorer Ewart Grogan from South Africa to Sudan. He did it to prove to his girlfriend's stepfather that he was worthy of marriage; I did it in part to dispel my own pre-wedding jitters. So it's an adventure-travel-history-romance-memoir. There's a photo gallery, animated map and excerpt. (For anyone who noticed a strange theme to my AskMe questions over the years - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - this is why. And thanks!)
Heyo. I'm traveling as a producer and cameraman (and director...and editor...) for a project that will take travel writer Rolf Potts around the world in 6 weeks (hitting 12 countries on 5 continents) with one twist: he's doing it with no luggage. No backpack, no man purse -- not even a fanny pack. [more inside]
Wikidirections is a wiki to help you get from A to B. We're a human mapping service, but with a twist. Google Maps will give you (sometimes) precise driving directions, but they won't tell you which is the cheapest, or safest, or most scenic, or quickest way between two points. Should you take the train from Vienna to Salzburg, or is the bus cheaper? That's where Wikidirections comes in. Wikidirections is geared towards world travelers, written by world travelers. We won't tell you how to get from your house to the drug store, but we will tell you, for example, how to get from Spain to Morocco quickly, cheaply, and without getting ripped off. While Wikitravel's focus is on the destination, Wikidirections focuses on the journey itself. [more inside]
London, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Turkey, Iran, SE Asia: Our journey isn't exactly linear, and traveling on one way tickets has meant our plans have already changed more times than I can count, but it's been pretty good so far. Plus we have some really good photos. [more inside]