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Cuba – Day Four

March 21, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For our second daytrip we decided to go to the closest fancy beach, Varadero, a little more than two hours east of Havana. To the north of the peninsula is the Gulf of Mexico. To the south is the Bahia de Cardenas. The peninsula is so narrow that, at some... read more

Cuba – Day Three

March 17, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For those who have been to any other Caribbean island, what’s remarkable about Cuba is its size. It is much bigger than, say, Puerto Rico. Three hours to the west, in Pinar del Río, are the tobacco farms. Four hours to the south and west is the town of Cienfuegos... read more

Havana Cuba — Day One

March 7, 2017 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Spanish Embassy on San Francisco Square So … last Tuesday morning when I woke up, I had no idea I would be in Havana, Cuba the next day. But that’s what happened. Here’s how: Friend and co-author Phillip called me to say he had a last-minute invitation to... read more

Day Tripping in Central Florida

February 28, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Take a morning walk along the St. John’s River in Sanford, an easy 30-minute drive north of Orlando. On our road trip from Charlotte NC to Miami, the third stop (after Charleston and Savannah) was St. Augustine, Florida. Established in 1565, it’s the oldest continuously settled city in the US.... read more

Cinematic Savannah, GA

February 24, 2017 1:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Forsyth Park, Savannah Stop #2 on our road trip: after Charleston came Savannah, an easy few hours along scenic Low Country back roads. Quick: What do Juliette Gordon Low, Johnny Mercer and Paula Deen all have in common?

Charleston, SC

February 21, 2017 2:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: The Battery – Charleston, South Carolina My friend, Delia, came all the way from Bucharest, Romania to attend the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium, which I hosted at Duke University on February 10. (More on that event in a later blog.) After that it was:... read more

Geneva: Thoughts on Relative Fame

January 20, 2017 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m in Geneva to give a talk at a linguistics conference with an Atelier Saussure-Chomsky (atelier = workshop). A good reason such a conference is held in Geneva is because the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) lived and taught here. The American linguist Noam Chomsky is, presumably, included because... read more

Going to Geneva, Switzerland

January 10, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: Lake Neuchâtel – viewed from the train going from Basel to Geneva Basel to Geneva, by way of Biel in the mountains, is an extremely pleasant two-and-a-half-hour train ride. Swiss trains are a dream. The schedule is precise, and the ride is smooth as silk. It doesn’t hurt... read more