Category Archives: Culture

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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Married to a Stranger – Nahid Rachlin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Did that futile look that so frequently came to her mother’s face point to shattered dreams?…Minou could see the sky turning blood-red. Another day lost, bringing her closer to nothing. She floated in time and space. … Continue reading

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Soy Sauce for Beginners – Kirstin Chen

(Reviewed by JD Jung) One pushed me to return to America, the other urged me to pull out the knife, let the wound heal, and remain in Singapore. But I was done choosing sides, pleasing one over the other.  From … Continue reading

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Together Tea – Marjan Kamali

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Darya loved to calculate the statistic of available Persian bachelors, factoring in their attributes, family histories, education, the probability for divorce. She had her very own system of assigning numbers to certain qualities… Darya was so … Continue reading

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Tides Ebb as Islands Dream – Brian J. English, Ph.D

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) Rule #1: Don’t try to understand anything. This was Sean’s primary rule as he began his assignment at the village of Gilutongan in the Olango Islands in the Philippines. Like so many Peace Corps volunteers, he … Continue reading

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Through These Veins – Anne Marie Ruff

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) Imagine that a cure for AIDS is well within our reach but research is halted and discoveries kept from the public because it may not be lucrative enough.  Author Anne Marie Ruff explores this premise as … Continue reading

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