Travel is my passion, to be sure. But I do write on other subjects, with an emphasis on the arts, books, film (less so of late), and science. This portfolio presents a selection of recent articles, columns and reviews on a wide variety of subjects, including some book reviews that touch on travel and a selection of travel pieces written after the completion of my book Why Travel?

Of course, writing about books means writing on just about anything under the sun. I prefer to showcase full-length reviews, so my 100-plus critiques for Kirkus Reviews are not included, due to their brevity, though selected author interviews for its online and print publications are.

Together, these pieces constitute a representative sampling of my work over the past five years (2016-2020), though not necessarily the best of the best.


Articles, Columns and Q&As

Ranky Tanky Music


https://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/carrying-on-the-gullah-tradition/



David Boatwright


https://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/whimsy-nostalgia-and-symbolism/



Canyonlands Ramble


https://www.postandcourier.com/features/sojourning-through-the-national-parks-of-southern-utah/article



Yuriy Bekker

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/artistry-mastery-and-invention/



Beverly Gray

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/beverly-gray/


The Pat Conroy Literary Center


http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/building-on-a-literary-legacy/


Palmetto Hands

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/the-art-of-crafts/


The Colour of Music

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/a-music-festivals-vivid-hues/


Pure Theatre


http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/taking-the-challenging-path/


“Porgy and Bess”

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/an-opera-re-envisioned/


Brian Hicks

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/what-needs-to-be-said/


Hector Qirko

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/balancing-music-and-anthropology/


Chamber Music Charleston

http://www.charlestonstyleanddesign.com/blog/a-lively-ensemble/



Travel Articles

The Coastal Paths of Cornwall and Wales

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/by-foot-or-by-bike-traveling-the-coast-of-britain/article_0dc3c3a8-a81e-11e6-b746-33192784d6e9.html


Edinburgh

https://www.postandcourier.com/lots-to-see-and-do-strolling-through-historic-edinburgh/article_b72553c2-b0ce-11e6-a215-8b7abe0d0066.html


West Palm Beach

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/west-palm-beach/article_1cef17c8-a390-59c8-bd3f-293b50ed767b.html


Rhode Island Ramble

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/rhode-island-towns-with-links-to-charleston-offer-visitors-festivals/article_c0fdcbfe-7180-11e7-a0df-e767114c8b54.html


Cape Cod

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/p-town-and-the-rest-of-cape-cod-offer-unique/article_554440fe-bd7b-11e7-ba15-e79104e45111.html


Banff and Environs


https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/banff/article_5ac5d093-c391-5442-9536-f553f825d28a.html



Book Reviews



“Seduced by Mrs. Robinson” by Beverly Gray

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-seduced-by-mrs-robinson-successful-cultural-history/article_2e105222-c599-11e7-b1c1-6b0e188b5eff.html


“Feel Free” by Zadie Smith


https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-zadie-smith-s-feel-free-a-revealing-and-absorbing/article_4d799d08-ce40-11e7-ad50-9f984040f752.html


“The Wine Lover's Daughter” by Anne Fadiman

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-in-wine-lover-s-daughter-daughter-pays-homage-to/article_3d3c55e4-c598-11e7-a77a-93d4a49bd7c1.html


“To the New Owners” by Madeleine Blais

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-to-the-new-owners-a-meditation-on-the-character/article_3630668a-7167-11e7-aaa3-5be8906e3c5a.html


“The Unnatural World” by David Biello

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-unnatural-world-a-rigorous-and-readable-investigation-of-human/article_c1124786-d9d3-11e6-9970-f39ade07357e.html


“The Sensational Past” by Carolyn Purnell

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/review-the-sensational-past-admirably-ponders-sensory-environment/article_e6b04ff8-bb04-11e6-98ff-07f747ca6b62.html



“Senior Moments” by Willard Spiegelman

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/senior-moments/article_d51de005-87ef-50df-8a37-ba2487782632.html


“The Food and Wine of France” by Edward Behr

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/food-of-france/article_759e66ab-509a-5208-a5d8-08cac71d6bc8.html


“Voyager” by Russell Banks


https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/transmitting-still/article_2e53881c-fdd5-50d1-87a2-dac28b7b3b3b.html


“Keeping and Eye Open: Essays on Art” by Julian Barnes

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/keeping-an-eye-open/article_eaf941f1-5336-523a-a89b-17622a17a975.html


And one from a few years back, to have some fiction …

“I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place” by Howard Norman

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/beautiful-place-memoir-of-poetic-melancholy/article_baa4c0d4-2d37-585f-bf56-891ecea2a4b9.html



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