December 2011

Not For Tourists Guide to New York City

Still Useful After All These Years

Before the invention of smart phones, or to be more precise, before the invention of map and travel apps for smart phones, the Not For Tourists Guide to Wherever I Am Going was my constant travel companion. Although most of my traveling information now comes from apps, I buy an updated Not For Tourists Guide to New York City almost every year. This is true even though I live in New York City. To be clear, the Not For Tourists series of books are not generalized travel guides and they can't be effectively used to pick restaurants, sightseeing destinations or lodging. What the Not For Tourists guide is good for is really learning the geography of a city.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs

I've a big fan of books by Augusten Burroughs and I'm a big fan of books where New York City is such a force within the story, the city becomes almost a character itself. Dry is both.

I'm not a big fan, though, of what are called recovery memoirs when they don't talk much about recovery and instead merely list, describe, and detail the many drugs a person did before they got into recovery, what they did because they were doing said drugs, and what they did to get the drugs.

The Spiritual Traveler New York City

A Review

Don't read the Spiritual Traveler to New York City by Edward Bergman hoping for recommendations for trendy nightclubs, interesting restaurants or what Broadway show to see. In fact, don't read the Spiritual Traveler if you're interested in anything trendy at all. That's not what this book provides.
If; however, you're interested in quiet spaces, space where people have traditionally (and in some cases, not so traditionally) encountered the sacred, and perhaps a place off the beaten path where you can sit, catch your breath and think your own thoughts, you can make good use of the Spiritual Traveler to New York City.

The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest

A Must-Read for Fairy Tale Lovers

As I continue to simply devour the collections of mythical stories and re-tellings of fairytales compiled by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, I am just amazed, over and over again, with what I’m finding. I’m inspired and one of my new dreams is to write a story for one of these splendid compilations; but even more than that, I am simply delighted, finding myself whisked away into these worlds of fairies, beastly creatures, mermaids, and more. This week I finished The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest, and it was just as lovely and exciting as the other tales I’ve read.