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Escapism: Why to Go to Sardinia, Italy

Alex Eperon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Alex Eperon

Sardinia is an incredible place, filled with awe-inspiring scenery and kind people. If eventually some Arthurian past reclaims the island, I expect to go there and be greeted as Odysseus was received by the Phaeacians, with wine and stories that last the night.

Giornale Adriatico-Mediterraneo: Le Grotte d Frasassi

Francis Levy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

In our age of interconnectivity, there's literally nothing new under the sun. The paths to the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids are as well worn as the objects themselves.

The Middle-earth Similarity We've All Been Ignoring

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Travel

We already knew New Zealand -- and its Hobbit-inspired airline video -- were an 'LOTR' junkie's paradise. But England? Nobody told us the real Middle-...

Game of Thrones Meets Fine Wine at Napa Valley's Medieval Castle

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.19.2013 | Travel
Xaque Gruber

California native Dario Sattui's passion for European architecture of the Middle Ages is only rivaled by his passion for fine wine. he's built a full-scale medieval castle on U.S. soil. It's a wine country wonder, and a magnificently delicious reason to visit California's Napa Valley.

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

After The Bible

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Bible is the biggest bestseller in history. But after that, what else has topped the charts? Mao's "Little Red Book" comes in at number two and th...

No Jewish 'Lord Of The Rings' Ever?

Jewish Review of Books | Michael Weingrad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although it might seem unlikely that anyone would wonder whether the author of The Lord of the Rings was Jewish, the Nazis took no chances. When the p...