Category Archives: Culture

Buzz- Upcoming release

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…I may have arrived without an invitation but I work just like the rest of you do, I pay the same taxes as the rest of you do, and most importantly my boss, or rather, my … Continue reading

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One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence – Keith Van Sickle

(Reviewed by JD Jung) Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and moving to Europe to live part time? That’s exactly what Keith Van Sickle and his wife, Val, did. While working on a long-term assignment in the French-speaking … Continue reading

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Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan – Naomi Duguid

(Reviewed by JD Jung) I usually browse the internet to find recipes, since cookbooks just take up too much needed shelf space. Needless to say, it takes a lot for me to buy an actual cookbook. However, there is one that I … Continue reading

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Eve Out of Her Ruins – Ananda Devi (translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Night makes its way into our bodies and refuses to leave. Night and our hormones gone wild. We boys are bundles of frustration. We start following girls to the shuttered factory that devoured our mothers’ dreams. … Continue reading

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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends – Mary McAuliffe

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “A swelling population of expats, dubbed the “Lost Generation,” either found themselves or became permanently mired in a haze of fantasy and booze. Escapism and creativity mingled for a decade in this fizzy atmosphere, until the … Continue reading

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Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France – Craig Carlson

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) “I spoke of my favorite city and how beautiful it was…How all it needed was an American breakfast joint, and then it would be perfect!” Former Hollywood screenwriter, Craig Carlson, wanted to live his dream and … Continue reading

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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. – Eve Babitz (Author), Matthew Specktor (Introduction)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Los Angeles isn’t a city. It’s a gigantic, sprawling, ongoing studio. Everything is off the record. People don’t have time to apologize for its not being a city when their civilized friends suspect them of losing … Continue reading

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Quest for Kriya – Rahul Deokar

(Reviewed by JD Jung) Her aroma engulfed him, enticing him to stay. A few seconds seemed like an eternity, but still not enough. Strangers that they were, they stood lost in each other anyway, holding their longing gaze for some … Continue reading

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Outsider in Amsterdam (Amsterdam Cops) – Janwillem Van De Wetering

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “ “Papuans…He saw the wild men from the early ages who once populated the swamp that, now, today, was called Holland.” Today in 1970’s Amsterdam, most have learned about these people from the Dutch colony of … Continue reading

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Bridge of Comprehension – Albert Mordechai

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “If those rebels get access to Assad’s germ bombs, Hezbollah will have the means to launch them into Israel. I will NOT sit around and watch my people choking to death, crying to death, suffocating and … Continue reading

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