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The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale
The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale

Robert Hirschfield could have succumbed to it, but he didn’t.TO GET A FEEL for The Jerusalem Syndrome, let me try to frame it in an American mythological context. Imagine Clark Kent, journalist, on assignment in Jerusalem. Finding himself in a phone booth in his Superman suit, he hears a voice that says to him, “Clark, there is only one Superman in the world, and it is I, the Lord, your God.

Lulled mellow in Dahab: A tale of new beginnings
Lulled mellow in Dahab: A tale of new beginnings

Assalah town, north Dahab. All photos by author.What does it mean to feel “at home” somewhere, and how do you know when you’re there?There are nine goats lounging in the shade of a pebbly grey wall, staring at my dog. Eighteen bulging, cross-slit eyes, expressionless. My dog is staring at the camel standing haughty across the street.

Election 2008: Who are you watching tonight?
Election 2008: Who are you watching tonight?

There’s more televised election coverage airing tonight than you can shake a stick at – but not all networks are equal.A recent study attempted to track the American public’s knowledge of current affairs, and to find out whether there was any correlation between the average citizen’s level of knowledge and their preferred news source.

The oil disaster you’ve probably never heard about
The oil disaster you’ve probably never heard about

It’s no secret that the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a very bad situation. The oil continues to spew into the ocean at an alarming rate (current estimates are 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day), devastating wildlife and the fragile ecosystem along the coast of Louisiana.We thought that was bad, but it’s not even the worst possible scenario.

10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day
10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day

Who says romance is dead? Check out these modern day tales of love.Are we, as our own love doyenne Carrie Bradshaw once posited, living in the “Age of Un-Innocence”? Did romance die somewhere between the 20th and 21st Century?Romeo and Juliet have long since jumped ship. Jane and Rochester are distant memories.

All top newspapers’ circulation down but one
All top newspapers’ circulation down but one

Every major newspaper except WSJ is reporting losses, in some cases, severe. Where is this going?These numbers came out yesterday from Editor and Publisher. The only gain made by any top 25 newspaper was a less than 1 circulation increase by The Wall Street Journal.Check out some of the losses. SF Chronicle down by more than 25 percent.

Travel Is About Who You Meet, Not Where You Go
Travel Is About Who You Meet, Not Where You Go

Greg was the local we all hope to meet. The person who has the key to the city’s door and is willing to open it and usher you inside.I play a lot of poker. Too much, actually, but that’s another story.It was while playing poker at the Amsterdam casino that I met Greg. He was a friendly local, and upon hearing my travel tales, offered to show me around Amsterdam.

How to: Make Toilet Paper Origami
How to: Make Toilet Paper Origami

Michelle Schusterman experiments with toilegami, five star style.Toilet paper origami (or toilegami, for those of you who don’t shudder at yet another portmanteau invading the English language), is a skill often displayed at fine hotels as yet another sign of luxury, in addition to handcrafted soaps and Oreo-topped pillows.

The best adventure I never had
The best adventure I never had

There comes a time when many face the ultimate decision: pursue a career or postpone it for the open road?For those looking for a job, a career, a mere direction in their lives, travel can seem like a meaningless distraction-a money-sucking way to delay those awful first few years in the working world.

Feel good product: Maji water
Feel good product: Maji water

Maji delivering water to local families in Nicaragua. Photos courtesy of Maji Water.We love products that actively give back to local communities in which they operate or global projects they sponsor…And Maji Water is the latest in feel good products we’ve discovered.Based in Montreal, Canada, Maji Water bottles spring water sourced from protected natural springs at Saint-Elie-De-Claxton, Quebec.

Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?
Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?

Photo: WonderlaneIt’s a big decision: to spend a year or more and a big chunk of money on a degree in a notoriously unprofitable field.With the proliferation of MFA and other writing programs since the 1970s, it seems that more and more would-be writers of all kinds are heading back to school. Should you?

Traveling in slow motion, part 2
Traveling in slow motion, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of our interview with Lara Lockwood and Tom Fewins, who are traveling the world in slow motion, without stepping onto airplanes. Read part 1 of the interview here, and find out more about their journey on their blog. BNT: What differences-other than the length of time traveling-do you see between this trip and other trips you have taken?