A visual tour of coffeehouses around the world by a connoisseur, with a few pointers of advice.
The U.S. Government is more responsible for the Covid-19 carnage than the virus itself.
Writers who play carelessly with time may leave the language in tatters.
Literary disruptions of an American in China.
Isham Cook’s latest books and blogs and other news on related topics.
Essays on Western culture ranging from the last Ice Age to the Renaissance to contemporary America’s obsessions and hysterias.
The conventional history of English force-fed to university students benefits no one but the academic textbook business and its tired stakeholders.
An atheist patiently explains why most atheists are really believers in disguise.
The exponential growth in international tourism seen in the context of European travel and tourism stretching back a millennium.
England was home to the first great school of classical chamber music, preceding the Viennese School of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven by two centuries.
The ambiguous host/guest boundary in many Airbnb households makes for most inhospitable stays.
The rococoesque beauty of the American ghetto and the obese.
The two most prominent American composers of our time have more in common than it would seem.
“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘Here are our monsters,’ without immediately turning the monsters into pets” — Derrida
It was not just Shakespeare’s obsession; we can assume virtually the entire audience attending his plays was syphilitic.