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Matt Damon’s Promised Land Explores Fracking Issue

Friday Matinee

Destination: Pennsylvania

Movie: Promised Land

By Jane Boursaw

Matt Damon in Promised Land

Promised Land is getting a wide release on Jan. 4, 2013, but a limited release on Dec. 28, 2012, likely to qualify for some of the awards this season. It’s already scored a Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review. Continue reading Matt Damon’s Promised Land Explores Fracking Issue

The Boar and the Butterfly

An Earth Day Read

Destination: the World

Book: The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet (NEW April 2012) by Eugene Linden.

“Tourism’s hyperbole to the contrary, there are very few “timeless” places left on the planet.” Eugene Linden.

Surely anyone afflicted with an addiction to travel will envy  the itinerary of Eugene Linden‘s life. This is the sort of book that convinces people that travel writers lead glamorous and exciting lives. The important thing about Linden’s travel, though, is not the sheer joy of exploring far-flung places, but the intellectual journeys that motivated his jet-away life. Continue reading The Boar and the Butterfly

A Walk Around the Lake

Walk on the Beach cover
Book Cover




Destination: Lake Michigan

Book: A Walk on the Beach: One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan, (NEW 5/2011) by Loreen Niewenhuis.

Just a little lakeside stroll–a stroll on steroids.  Loreen Niewenhuis‘ stroll, detailed in the travel memoir A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach, took six months to complete because although she walked a total of 64 days,  she took a few breaks along the way.

When I review a travel book I try to focus on that book alone.  But as I read about the 1000-mile walk (taken in segments) I could not help comparing it to the continuous five-year, 14,000 mile walk of Polly Letofsky. At the Tucson Festival of Books, I heard Letofsky talk about her book, 3 MPH, so that longer walk was fresh in my mind. Continue reading A Walk Around the Lake