Timpson's Country ChurchesJohn Timpson

Any of my fellow Anglophiles will love this collection of country churches, collected by former BBC news reporter John Timpson. Each church is featured with a short description of the most unique features and a photo or two. The tidbits of fascinating history Timpson ferreted out are not …

Adrienne Salinger

Despite one in seven Americans living alone, being single is still viewed with a combination of suspicion and pity. Yet many people love and choose to live along.  Salinger’s subjects run the gamut from those forced into singlehood by the death of family or a spouse to those …

MalledCaitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly’s tell-all working retail behind the cash register is both shocking and unsurprising.  Everyone knows that retail is a dead-end and most would work almost anywhere else.  However, the total blind-eye that management and the average shopper turns to those working sales is both a sad, sickening …

Money for NothingEdward Ugel

It is a bit sad how many Americans use the phrase “when I win the lottery…” before expressing a dream or desire. What is surprising is how many people do win the lottery – and what a lousy deal it often is. Many states don’t allow lump-sum payments. …

The Harvard Psychedelic ClubDon Lattin

What we now associate with Timothy Leary – LSD, Grateful Dead concerts, hippies, tuning in and dropping out, first started out as psychological experiments at Harvard University. Leary, a charismatic and well-liked professor, hoped to help inmates rehabilitate by giving them mystical experiences via LSD. His early partners, …

I Married AdventureOsa Johnson

Osa and Martin Johnson were once household names. In the 1920s and 30s they brought the wilds of Africa, Micronesia and Borneo to the big screen in little towns. Both were originally from small towns in Kansas. While Martin dreamed of seeing the world and photographing it, Osa …

Call of the MallPaco Underhill

What is wrong with the mall? Well, everything, according to consumer behavior specialist Underhill. And, he adds, the rise and fall of the mall has been almost entirely avoidable. Going through a standard mall visit, Underhill points out the numerous ways malls fail to satisfy the consumer. From …

Snobbery- The American VersionJoseph Epstein

Snobbery often entails taking a petty, superficial, or irrelevant distinction and, so to say, running with it.

Epstein’s study of snobbery should be considered a guilty pleasure, replete with snarky little personal stories. His main premise is snobbery is a strangely unique phenomenon created by Americans. Our democracy …

Sex, Lies and HandwritingMichelle Dresbold

A self-proclaimed “top expert” of handwriting analysis (graphology), Dresbold gives quite a wild ride. After a few pages of self-congratulatory introduction, she gets down to business and covers a wealth of hidden information found in handwriting. While some does seem a hair far-fetched (you can see the weapon …