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A cool, rainy and lazy Sunday in Daejeon…

and a good day just to kick back with a good book and later, hunker down with a good movie or two. Up early even though I have nothing to do today other than a load of laundry. That’s pretty much been the way my Sundays have been ever since I came to Daejeon back […]

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Cool website — Open Books Radio

For all you literary enthusiasts out there, check out this cool website Open Books Radio that my friend David turned me on to today (it’s his wife’s website).It is cool and live!

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A long time ago in a summer far, far away…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since Star Wars first came out.I’ll never forget what it was like seeing Star Wars for the first time. Back in July of 1977 I was home on leave from the Air Force and had gone to Chicago for a few days where I had the […]

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Another gem from Bill Bryson

A few years ago—when I was looking for a good book to read when I was on holiday—one of my colleagues lent me his copy of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. I had often overheard some of my colleagues talking about Bryson and had even seen some of Bryson’s books on sale in […]

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Another gem from Bill Bryson

A few years ago—when I was looking for a good book to read when I was on holiday—my best friend Kyle lent me his copy of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. I had often overheard some of my colleagues talking about Bryson and had even seen some of Bryson’s books on sale in […]

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Another gem from Michael Breen

There are some expats in Korea who really have a handle on things when it comes to writing about Korea like Michael Breen.In his weekly column for the Korea Times, Breen always provides readers with an insightful analysis of contemporary Korean society. He’s an old Korean hand and he knows Korea quite well. Breen is […]

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Korea…And More

The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies By Michael Breen Thomas Dunne Books, 2004; 286 pages When I was writing book reviews and feature articles for The Korea Times a few years ago, I had the chance to read many fine books on Korea. Of all the books I did […]

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A Class Act — A Review of Midge Ure’s Autobiography, If I Was…

If I Was… By Midge Ure Virgin Books, 2004; 280 pages With a musical career that has spanned over four decades, Midge Ure is one of rock and roll’s more original and innovative musical artists. Ure is humble when it comes to describing his musical accomplishments. He speaks candidly about his early days as a […]

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Books on Thailand — Very Thai

Very ThaiEveryday Popular CultureBy Philip Cornwel-SmithPhotographs by John Goss River Books, 2005; 256 pages Having traveled to Thailand many times since 1992 when I first visited “the Land of Smiles” I have always been intrigued and fascinated with Thai culture on many levels. While I have been impressed with Thailand’s trove of cultural attractions from […]

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