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Stefan de Vries is a multimedia journalist based in Paris, covering European current affairs.

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The Art of Travel

The new book The Art of Travel by Swiss writer Alain de Botton is an inspiring carnet de voyages, that has little in common with a regular travel guide. In five chapters he connects people to places, philosophizing on the act of travel. Botton sketches a fascinating and concise portrait of Alexander von Humboldt, an […]

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Schott's Misc.

In an era before the Internet and Cable Television, people had encyclopedias to learn about things. It’s not even that long ago. I had one in my children’s bedroom. I read in it before going to sleep, and the fun was to discover subjects you never heard about. It was the smell of the paper, […]

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Stupid White Men

Kicking against the political establishment is a normal tradition in most democracies. But in the United States there’s only Michael Moore. His book Stupid White Men was ment to be released on September 12, 2001, but its contents was so explosive that the publisher decided to keep the 50,000 copies in stock. However, through the […]

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Fast Food Nation

Although I admit to sin maybe once every two months, I think Fast and Food are two words that do not belong together in the same phrase. The book Fast Food Nation has cured me forever. From now on I will opt for Slow Food. McDonald’s and other fastfoodchains are not the only demons. Schlosser […]

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How to be good

Katie Carr thinks she is a good person because she is a doctor, and is sometimes able to make ill people better. She doesn’t really care How to be Good, she knows she is. She is a GP. She cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience. At […]

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Girls' Poker Night

Jill Davis’s Girls’ Poker Night is a welcome contribution to the many books that target the group of 30-something women. Ruby Capote is very picky when it comes to men, although she is already spending a couple of years of her life with Doug, with whom she definitely not want to marry. When she gets […]

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