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Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

Books / Reviews Dec 9, 2017

Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.'s Royal Geographical Society. Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment, by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Translated by Nicholas Pertwee. 312 pages RENAISSANCE BOOKS, Nonfiction. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around ...

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

People | The Big Questions Dec 3, 2017

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

Fikdanel Thaufik cannot pinpoint exactly how many languages he speaks. "For sure, Indonesian," Thaufik said laughing. "And English — that's international." But as the vice president and representative of Garuda Indonesia's Japan, Korea, and U.S. regions slowly lists off languages, whereas most of us ...

'A Samurai's Pink House': A complicated stew of poetry

Books / Reviews Jul 8, 2017

'A Samurai's Pink House': A complicated stew of poetry

There's a lot of pink in Sonia Saikaley's latest collection of poetry. Given the fairy tale-like title, the deluge of sakura-related imagery was expected. The blood from rape instead of battle, was not. A Samurai's Pink House, by Sonia Saikaley.120 pages INANNA, Poetry. As frustrating in its ...