Travel

New in a Textbook on Natural Disasters: Pele Says Hello

New in a Textbook on Natural Disasters: Pele Says Hello

I’ve been writing about Pele ever since I first met her on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2009, but I certainly never thought that pieces of that writing would one day appear in a scholarly textbook. Although what made it into print was only an excerpt of the full essay that was accepted by the editors, here it is; my essay “Pele Says Hello” was published in this reference handbook on natural disasters.

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New for Wine4Food: Going Out For Tapas in Granada Means Ordering Drinks, Not Food

New for Wine4Food: Going Out For Tapas in Granada Means Ordering Drinks, Not Food

Here’s an excerpt of my piece on Granadino tapas that just came out in Wine4Food. Yes, what you’ve heard is true, at most tapas bars in Granada, tapas come with your drinks. And ordering a drink, lingering over crusts of bread and pools of oil and salty local ham, forces even the most high-speed New Yorker to soak up the moment and treat a meal the way the Spaniards do—as an experience.

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What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

I spent last week on a whirlwind trip through Las Vegas, Nevada. Since I first started planning the trip, there was something about it that I could feel but not explain. It's a familiar sensation—the same gut instinct that sent me to Ibiza and to Sydney. There's still a lot of Vegas that I haven't seen, and I'm already planning to return sooner rather than later. With that said, I did manage to do some damage.

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What I've Been Working On: Contest of Magic in Orlando, Florida

What I've Been Working On: Contest of Magic in Orlando, Florida

I just got back from attending the annual SAM National Convention in Orlando, Florida. For the uninitiated, "SAM" stands for the Society of American Magicians. They bill themselves as the oldest magic society in the world, heralding a star-studded lineage dating back to 1902 with the likes of Harry Houdini, Harry Kellar, and Howard Thurston joining and leading their ranks.

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