Thank you Victor Janusz, the great piano man from Seattle – what a lovely, feisty and funny review of “A European Odyssey”

MINI-REVIEW. "European Odyssey: How A Boxer's Daughter Found Grace" by Bailey Alexander . More info: (Disclaimer: I met the author 30 years ago in Seattle, both of us steeped in the entrepreneurial spirit, we helped each other at many turns-- her endless forays, which the book covers early on, and she joined my Seattle [...]

As the world turns, tensions slowly subside, in Europe. If you read my book, and you really should, A European Odyssey; How a boxer's daughter found grace, I take you on a fantastic tour around Europe. Where I treat each country like a personality. Rome reminds us about the mythic twins, Venice as the world's most glamorous aunt, Paris the prettier sister, Prague [...]

Italy and campanilismo; it’s provincial and parochial and it can also be charming and understandable.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA What is campanilismo? It's excessive civic pride, it's an exaggerated attachment to the customs and traditions of one's own town. It's localism, parochialism, similar to provincialism. And here in Piemonte it's intense, perhaps more evident, than other parts of Italy. It can inspire rivalry and discourage people from working together. It's [...]

The Gary Lachman Interview

"Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity." - The Washington Post. " The NYT - "Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling". Once upon a time Gary played bass guitar for Blondie. Today he's a fantastic conversationalist and speaker; he continues to entertain, writing for the Guardian and other literary magazines. [...]