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Sketches of London

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Michael Frazier

For my second book I chose Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens. Like Virginia Woolf’s The London Scene, this  collection of essays depict London and it’s people. Dickens lived right around the NYU London area in Bloomsbury (one of the houses he lived in is one block away from my dorm). In his writing he includes streets, places, and parks …

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British People For Dummies

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Kerry Candeloro

American New York Times journalist Sarah Lyall begins The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British with a David Letterman-esque “Top Ten” list about the top ten signs that she had finally adjusted to living in Britain after marrying her English husband Robert. Lyall’s book is like a crash course in the British psyche, delving into everything from Mrs. Thatcher to hedgehogs and how …

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Whiskey and Kilts

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Genius loci by Michael Frazier

A poem I wrote as I was on the train back to London from Edinburgh, Scotland: Cashmere, whiskey, Scots. Night: loud chants; Day: bag pipes Wool, haggis, kilts, stone. Scotland was the peak of Arthur’s seats, the panoramic view of Ben Nevis, the corridors of Edinburgh castle, and the low murmurs of voices in eclectic cafés. It was kilts and …