My View of Toledo

I have this theory about how books come to me when I need them, and I think it’s the same way with places. My first time in Spain I took a night bus from Lyon to Barcelona and hung out there for a couple of days. Which was nice. But there were too many tourists.… Continue reading My View of Toledo

What Happened

Before I moved back to Portland I switched my host to Rackspace and they became a business-hosting only company. When I called them to ask about all of my posts between 2014 and 2015, they had no record of them. There weren’t that many anyway. The first third of my novel, Sebastian’s Babylon has been… Continue reading What Happened

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Daniel Adler And The Great Indian Rivers

Upon Seeing the Brahmaputra I have seen great rivers flowing. This one comes from the hills of Xanadu and runs 1800 miles to the sacred Ganges in Bangladesh, then into the world’s largest river delta where the biggest mangroves grow and man-eating tigers prey. Brahma, author of the scriptures, living in the mountains, and his… Continue reading Daniel Adler And The Great Indian Rivers

Catania: They Don’t Know How Good They Got It

When I arrived in Catania it was everything I wanted Italy to be, sunshine, Baroque Duomos, and open air markets. But Catania is a very modern Italian city, in ways that may not be immediately apparent. Catania is Italy’s tenth largest city, and its geographic location makes it a destination for migrant workers from Pakistan,… Continue reading Catania: They Don’t Know How Good They Got It

Daniel Adler, Bareback In Jerusalem

I had always imagined Jerusalem as crowded, sweaty, and somehow more third world than the rest of the Middle East, with arid dust rising behind me, monkeys screaming in the distance, the call to prayer sounding and lots of white robes and payos. In reality, Jerusalem is built on a small mountain, about two thousand… Continue reading Daniel Adler, Bareback In Jerusalem

Freedom and Writing

My Granny calls me today, tells me she doesn’t like a sentence from a few blog posts ago. That’s part of traveling, meeting people, maybe falling in love, gathering stories and experience. It’s what I must do, not necessarily to write masterpieces, but to understand people, to be free. What is freedom? It’s doing what… Continue reading Freedom and Writing