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Tom Sparks

Invisible Interzone

Julia Melcher describes the world of these expat American writers in her essay “Invisible Interzone,” in the most recent issue of Critical Muslim.

Tangier: a city of many legends, myths and dreams. A gate between different worlds: real and unreal, seen and unseen, magic and sometimes even tragic. In the middle of the twentieth century, the International Zone of Tangier, located at the Strait of Gibraltar, not only guarded the passage to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea but also embodied a sanctuary for outcasts, for people living on the margins, for adventurers and fugitives from Western societies. Artists, criminals, lost souls and sensation seekers found a home in a city they never really belonged to. 

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Selected Articles of Andrew Feenberg

Social and Literary Critique

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From: The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, is now one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as aesthetic pleasure of the first order....... Walter Benjamin

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Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

At dinner time; location

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Traveler, your footprints

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Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship's wake on the sea
 

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From Le Voyage by Charles Baudelaire

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But the true voyagers are only those who leave 
Just to be leaving; hearts light, like balloons, 
They never turn aside from their fatality 
And without knowing why they always say: "Let's go!"

 

 

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Breakfast - Roads & Kingdoms http://roadsandkingdoms.com/breakfast

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Barbara's Photos - Google Photos

A collection of my mother's travel photos.

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Photos of the Past

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Recent house cleaning and downsizing preparations have un earthed some images from my past that are worth sharing. 

 Honolulu 1971

 Honolulu 1970, Richard Nixon was President and the times were dark.

This was a lonely time, my parents came to visit while I stationed at Schofield Barracks, a US Army installation. I was twenty. I spent one and a half years in Hawaii, a beautiful place.

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Frances Stonor Saunders · Where on Earth are you? · LRB 3 March 2016

 We construct borders, literally and figuratively, to fortify our sense of who we are; and we cross them in search of who we might become. They are philosophies of space, credibility contests, latitudes of neurosis, signatures to the social contract, soothing containments, scars.

An in depth look at borders, visas, identity migrants and the industry that enforces it all.

Frances Stonor Saunders’s article was delivered at the  LRB Winter Lecture series at the British Museum.

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