Travel vs Tourism: a sad story of how little we know

Umberto Eco once said “I know the present only through the television screen.” It seems to me the same can be said about most of us today. Our lives are ruled by two things and two things only. The first is television. Television has been our constant companion (to some their only companion, sadly) and …

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Standing in queues: or how I learned to stop worrying and love wasting my time

If you think moving to Europe means leaving all your worries behind and living out every scene from “Under the Tuscan Sun,” I have news for you: you are sadly mistaken, my friend. If you’re sitting in your cubicle right now, pretending to be working on that very important project no one really cares about, …

Sex! (and love in movies that lied to me about it)

Have I got your attention yet? I thought I’d say a thing or two about everyone’s favorite topic. You can stop reading right now if you’re expecting me to be dirty. I washed my brain with soap earlier today, so this will be no porn-post. After years of extensive research, conducted mainly in my living room …

Radio dies; dozens mourn the loss of ga ga.

Please don’t try to tell me that radio died thirty years ago. I know that whole story. Maybe in your world that’s the way it went. In mine, radio lived until about 24 hours ago. When I was a kid my grandparents had an old-fashioned wireless that would’ve been right at home alongside one of …

A foolproof method for looking smarter without actually being…well, smarter

I’m sure you’re expecting me to give you sage advice about how you can improve your intellectual life by performing various yoga positions, by drinking lots of ginseng tea, or by reading through the entire syllabus of a college literature course. I’m not going to do that. Firstly, I am not a sage. In fact, …

Where have you been all my life, Rosemary?

No, I’m not talking about George Clooney’s aunt. I know she’s dead. I’m talking about Rosemary the herb, and I’m going to write her name like that, capital R, because for me, she is the Queen of All Things Culinary. I grew up in a culture of daily home cooking. We are not a people …