Defending the Land of the Jaguar

Book cover Kudos to author Lane Simonian for producing the definitive English-language account of Mexican environmental history. Defending the Land of the Jaguar (1996) which traces the history of conservation and environmentalism in Mexico from the pre-Conquest era to the early 90s. Originally published by University of Texas Press, it was published in Spanish from …

Jólabókaflóð

Buzzwords Jólabókaflóð = Icelandic tradition whereby people give books to each other in the months running up to Christmas — & especially on Christmas Eve Embedded Tweets Word of the day: “Jólabókaflóð” – lit. “Yule book-flood”; Icelandic tradition whereby people give books to each other in the months running up to Christmas — & especially …

Que Vivan Los Tamales!

From the archives (1999) Mexico’s fiery cuisines stand in sharp contrast not only with traditional European cooking but also with each other. The regional variations and menus make Mexican cuisine one of the most sophisticated in the world. Author Jeffrey Pilcher uses food itself to provide a unique, insider’s guide to Mexican history and politics. …

Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World

Book cover Looking forward to reading Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World. @yalebooks @farman ht @RadioNational @LNLonRN Amazon.com Delayed Response Recommended Listening Pneumatic tubes: the instant messaging technology that transformed the world (Late Night Live, Radio National, Australia) “In the late 19th century , complex networks of pneumatic …

Transforming Travel (book preview)

Photo: INAH Fountain, Mexico Cityhttp://planeta.wikispaces.co Looking forward to the 2018 publication of Transforming Travel: Realising the Potential of Sustainable Tourism by Jeremy Smith. Transforming Travel: Realising the Potential of Sustainable Tourism (CABI Concise) Table of Contents 1: Foreword 2: Introduction 3: The Transformative Hotel 4: Transforming Tours and Experiences 5: Transforming Places 6: Transforming Transport …

Prologue: Rethinking Tourism

Photo: Rethinking Tourism by Deborah McLaren My reasons for supporting change in the tourism industry came about through my own personal experience. I began to think about taking a vacation to Jamaica several years ago. I had heard about the island all of my life and looked forward to going there. As a child, I …

Rethinking Tourism

Photo: Rethinking Tourism Deborah McLaren’s Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel takes on the most pressing issue in the tourism industry today – how too often ecotravel destroys both natural resources and local cultures. But there are alternatives – if we care to pause and reflect – and that is what the author does in this book. …