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The Famous Nameless Farmers

In The Travel Habit, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Amar0 Comments

Agee’s main purpose in writing Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and the other volumes in his series (Three Tenant Families) was to create a comprehensive and immersive narrative of the human existence experienced by white cotton farmers in Alabama. This was incredibly marketable, it was previously unimaginable to most readers of the New York magazine from which he had …

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Hope and Dignity, can you survive without the carbs?

In The Travel Habit, Photo-Text books by Amar0 Comments

“These people are not hand-picked failures. They are the human materials cruelly dislocated by the processes of human erosion. They have been scattered like the shavings from a clean-cutting plane, or like the dust of their farms, literally blown out.” – American Studies at the University of Virginia online In the 1930s, times were a’changing, and no one knew what …

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The Day the Pharaoh Became White

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Amar0 Comments

In Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family is moving from Oklahoma to California. The fourteenth chapter marks an interesting transition between the death of Grandpa Joad and the start of Ma and Al’s story. It is a short, philosophical speech describing the great changes sweeping across America, and the great unnecessary panic it caused. Steinbeck is emphatic that mankind …

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The Road to Nowhere

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Ian1 Comment

Having been born well after the 1930’s I had often wondered how the idea of travel especially the idea of vacations became tied to the american way of life. One thing the past readings have shown is that the idea of traveling as a form of relaxation was not present in writings from traveling authors who visited and wrote about …

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The New World

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (2) by Snacks1 Comment

I enjoyed Jason Spangler’s We’re on a road to nowhere: Steinbeck, Kerouac, and the Legacy of The Great Depression about as much as I’ve enjoyed any reading this semester. The reading was insightful and provided a lens into how two of the seminal American literary masterpieces, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road are actually …

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Commodification of American Cities

In The Travel Habit, WPA guidebooks by Melanie1 Comment

In the article “The American Guide Series: Patriotism as Brand-Name Identification,” Andrew Gross addresses some of the inherent issues with the writing of the WPA guidebooks as they relate to tourism in America. In the article, Gross explains that the purpose of these guidebooks was to bring about consumer spending, which could potentially boost the economy during times of extreme …

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Sacrifice by All for All

In The Travel Habit, WPA guidebooks by Snacks0 Comments

Steven Kurutz’s “The Depressing Food of the Depression, in ‘A Square Meal’ “ is a fascinating read, and one I had been looking forward to all semester. I don’t know if anyone else had this experience in the course, but whenever I visited our class website,, the link to the Kurutz piece was always the first article that popped …

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The Fabricated and Faux Place of the Art Gallery

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Natassja0 Comments

“7,000 handmade fried egg sculptures exhibited as a growing infestation that invades its surroundings.” This is the simple description found in the handout of the Kate Werble gallery this past winter of their show LIVESTRONG by Christopher Chiappa. And indeed, the gallery was literally just filled with 7,000 eggs. When I first visited the gallery, what I first became aware …

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little House

In A Sense of Place, Architecture by Natassja0 Comments

Born in 1867 Wright’s career developed at a time of momentous change in the field of architecture, with the Industrial Revolution. Wright welcomed and embraced the social and technological changes and became an industry leader in the modernist movement. Up until this point much of Architecture had focused on recreating, interpreting, or bettering historical styles. In fact, even with the …

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A Sense of Place Sells

In Spirit, A Sense of Place by Natassja0 Comments

A sense of place and the spirit of a place are closely intertwined. Often the spirit of a place is the basis of the sense of place. Society, even if not always consciously aware, cares a great deal about places having a sense of place. Historically, the spirit of a place has been very important in some of the most …

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The Place of the Pocket Park

In Experience, A Sense of Place by Natassja0 Comments

By and large, pocket parks are a product of dense urban centers. This makes sense in a place where green spaces are most scarce, and experiences of nature uncharacteristic. Want of a place to sit after tirelessly walking the concrete, or hunger for some extra leafy greens, prompts the creativity and utility of the people to convert that tiny or …

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Status Through Geotag

In A Sense of Place, SOP 2.0 by Sara Nuta0 Comments

It is no longer sufficient to go somewhere to enjoy the experience of the place. Now, every location is commodified and turned into a means of connecting (bragging) to others and sharing where you are. Whereas it was once enough to be seen at an esteemed place, now it must be shared and actively told to others. If you go …

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Astor Place-Making

In A Sense of Place, Placemaking by Sara Nuta1 Comment

Astor Place, once a hub for East Village punks in the 1970s, is undergoing a transformation into a civilian and traffic friendly zone accessible by and for the public. Astor Place has an extensive history, integral to the character of manhattan. It was first home to prominent 19th century families, such as the Vanderbilts. Then the Cooper Union for the Advancement …

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Meet and Greet

In A Sense of Place, Social life by Sara Nuta0 Comments

My mom’s side of the family is notorious for being late. So when my cousin had to pick me up from the airport, naturally she was two hours late. And so, I was stuck at the waiting area with nothing to do but observe. But I wasn’t too dismayed since there is probably no better place to observe human behavior …

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Pint-Sized Garden

In A Sense of Place, Social life by Dannie Giglevitch0 Comments

It’s very easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings, but there is actually a very small garden only a block or two off of Washington Square Park called Golden Swan Garden. It’s small enough that it doesn’t even show up on Google Maps. There isn’t much to it—it’s just a path with a defunct fountain in …

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Spirit of Mountain Lodge

In Spirit, A Sense of Place by Dannie Giglevitch0 Comments

The neighborhood that I grew up in is peculiar in certain ways. It definitely has a spirit of its own—perhaps one that it too loud. I grew up in Blooming Grove, NY in a neighborhood called Mountain Lodge. It’s split up into two sides: Glenwood Hills and Mountain Lodge itself. Neither Glenwood Hills or Mountain Lodge have particularly good reputations. …

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9 to 5 Life

In Experience, A Sense of Place by Dannie Giglevitch1 Comment

I have a very close relationship with public transportation. Last summer, I worked in the city but I didn’t have a place to stay here. Luckily for me, my best friend had a few empty rooms in his house in Jersey because his older brothers had all moved out, so I got to stay with him and his parents all …

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Bye Bye OZ

In The Art of Travel, Sydney, Goodbye by Anne0 Comments

As I write this I sit in New York cuddled up in my bed at home under five layers of blankets (and I am still freezing). I am just waking up now at one a.m. as I am completely turned around only having been home for a day. I had a lot of time to think on my 25-hour journey …

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On “My Promised Land”

In The Art of Travel, Book #1, Tel Aviv by Nathan0 Comments

I read Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land in my last days in Croatia before flying to Tel Aviv as per my Mom’s recommendation. It tells the story of Israel through stories and experiences and really weaves an amazing and complex tapestry of the land. Ari Shavit is a journalist, not a historian by trade, and as such My Promised Land …

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In The Art of Travel, Tel Aviv, Goodbye by Nathan0 Comments

I’m writing this in the kitchen while my chicken stock is warming up–some of my last food to finish. I am waiting for a friend to come over so we can cook the other food I still have/was donated to me by my friends who are now heading home. It’s very weird feeling here–it feels very clean and empty. I …

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Get out and about!

In The Art of Travel, Tel Aviv, Tips by Nathan0 Comments

This semester was a pretty small program size but in it I witnessed two main types of people. There were those who really took advantage of their time here and those who did not so much. Those who really got out there, found what they wanted to do, and integrated themselves in the community all had great reviews and several …

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I’ll Send You a Postcard

In Florence, The Art of Travel, Goodbye by Harry1 Comment

Well, here we are, dear friends. At the end of this glorious time we have chosen to call “study” abroad. More like, “don’t have time to study, abroad.” Haha wink wink, nudge nudge, knowwhatimean, knowwhatimean? Yeah, you get it. Ahh, but I would be remiss not to mention the heavy heart with which I make that last “neglecting our studies” …

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A Tale of Two Liors

In The Art of Travel, Tel Aviv, Strangers by Nathan1 Comment

I arrived in Tel Aviv around a week before orientation which gave me time adapt and find my way around before everything started up. One day I walked further down the beach then I had previously gone before and spotted some people doing handstands. I went over and chatted with them because I suspected they might be from the movement …

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Florentine Art

In The Art of Travel, Art & Place, Tel Aviv by Nathan1 Comment

A few weeks ago I was went on a street art tour in the Florentine neighborhood in South Tel Aviv. I found some of the works to be really beautiful and interesting. Many of the street artists deal with the complexities of modern day Israel with a special focus on religious intricacies. One particular work stood out to me (sorry …

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Goodbye Virtual Friends <3

In The Art of Travel, Sydney, Goodbye by Tamera2 Comments

So, this is it, the last Art of Travel post from me. I am still in awe that my semester in Sydney is coming to a close.  As I write this, sweat is literally trickling down my neck because of the heat, but by the end of the week,  once I step off that airplane on the other side of …

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Goodbye & “Home”

In The Art of Travel, Sydney, Goodbye by Carmen3 Comments

Ahhhh, one final exhale, one last blog for closure. As the semester comes to an end, I am filled with bittersweet feelings of both longing to be somewhere familiar and sadness to leave a place beginning to belong to that category. Yet “familiar” to me here does not mean comfortable. If anything, I have never been more out of my …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …

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The Importance of Placemaking and Unlocking Community Capital

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments In Europe and North America, millions of citizens are moving back to cities and denser urban areas. These interconnected networks have served as hubs of innovation for centuries, providing our societies with the best opportunities to succeed, leading to the creation of the world’s most innovative products, companies, and people. With the rapid growth and production of the automobile …

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Urbanization and the urban sprawl are threatening to make small towns even smaller—and tourists’ nostalgia may be their savior

In News, SOP News, Art of Travel News by Prof0 Comments

Quartz: The streets of Woodstock, Vermont felt like a movie set when I stepped out of my car. It looked as if any minute someone would shout “action!” and actors would appear in the windows of the ornate brick buildings to sing a jubilant theme song. It was lunchtime in July. People were popping in and out of F.H. Gillingham & Sons …

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Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps

In News, Travel Habit News by Prof0 Comments

Dorothea Lange—well-known for her FSA photographs like Migrant Mother—was hired by the U.S. government to make a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans in 1942. She was eager to take the commission, despite being opposed to the effort, as she believed “a true record of the evacuation would be valuable in the future.” The military commanders that reviewed her work …

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Inequality Is Killing The American Dream

In News, Travel Habit News by Prof0 Comments

Decades of rising income inequality and slowing economic growth have eroded a pillar of the American dream: the hope that each generation will do better than the one that came before, according to new research released Thursday. If the findings hold up, they have profound economic, social and even political implications. The decline in what economists call “mobility” — how …

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Take a peek at Elton John’s impressive photography collection

In News, Travel Habit News by Prof0 Comments

Elton John might be better known across the globe for his catchy tunes, yet he is starting to gather a reputation for this passion for art and his impressive photography collection.The singer’s home in Atlanta currently houses more than 8,000 images taken between 1920 and 1950 with about 70 photographers featured. Among the collection there are works by Berenice Abbott, …

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