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Three Hundred Twenty Americans Can be Wrong

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Paris, Places by Zoya1 Comment

In Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow, the two authors discusses their time in France and its culture. They use observations in the French language, customs, laws, history to speculate about what it means to be French, make conclusions how these characteristics affect the relationship and perceptions between the Americans and the French. I …

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Flaneuring

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Paris by Anna LLeave a Comment

We’ve talked about the idea of “flaneuring” through the streets of Paris, an idea from which we referenced Edmund White’s “The Flaneur.” The idea of flaneuring is to be a stroller through the streets of the city, being both within the street and removed from it – being a participant observer in the streetlife of Parisians. This is partially something …

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Love It or Hate It, It’s Home

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Florence, Places by Jordyn Jay1 Comment

“Like any place that’s become home, I hate it too. And, of course, you can’t separate the things you love and hate: you can’t say, let’s move to so and so where they have the cappuccini, the wines, the lasagna, the marvellous peaches, the handsome people in handsome clothes, the fine buildings, the close-knit, friendly secretiveness of village life, but …

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Italian Neighbors: An American in Florence

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Florence by Diana1 Comment

Sorry for such a late blog post–this week was hectic! (Does anyone else feel like their study abroad semester has been their hardest???) Anyway… Tim Park’s Italian Neighbours: An Englishman in Verona is a book about covers everything a foreigner experiences while moving to a new country, specifically the country of Italy, which, as I have learned, is quite an …

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Understanding Argentina

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Alexandra GLeave a Comment

Although Nicolas Shumway’s The Invention of Argentina does not explain what it is like to travel through Argentina or even really give a representation of the country, it most definitely can help contribute to the understanding of this very strange but vibrant country. Throughout my travels, I’ve run into many other foreign travelers who don’t really know anything about the …

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Borges for “Los eruditos”

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Matthew G1 Comment

The United States, despite prolifically producing literature, films, music, and culture for not only our own consumption, but that of the entire world, lacks a single defining work or author that represents the depth of the American experience.  In short, there is no “Great American Novel.”  And for that matter, you would be hard pressed to pick a single artist …

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Straight from Havel’s Mouth

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Prague by Mimi1 Comment

Vaclav Havel. President. Writer. Dissident. Airport honoree. National hero… Before coming to the Czech Republic, I didn’t know who Vaclav Havel was. That changed within a day of arriving in this country – at least on a name-recognition level. I landed at Vaclav Havel airport, watched videos of Havel during the Velvet Revolution and read several of his letters during …

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The Diverse Roots of Tango

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by VanessaLeave a Comment

In the book, ¡Tango! The Dance, the Song, the Story,  the following questions are posed about something that is considered without  a doubt to be quintessentially Argentine, tango. The book contains four distinct stories about the genealogy of tango and while each story or essay is unique they all share a similar skepticism; whether we should focus on the essential  and …

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It’s the Small Things that Count (Reaction: The Sixteen Pleasures)

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Florence by AnjaliLeave a Comment

I’m writing about my reaction to The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga. The title is what caught my attention and led to me choosing this book. The novel is about a young woman, Margot Harrington, who travels from Chicago to Italy to work with book restoration. Margot had spent a lot of time in Italy when she was younger, so …