Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, October 7 through November 10:
- Jessica is in the new “Dream of Venice” book
I am extremely proud to be included in a new book of photographs, essays, & poems about a city I adore – Venice. Other contributors to the book include Woody Allen, Frances Mayes, Julie Christie, Erica Jong, & Marcella Hazan – it’s heady company.The book is to be released in early December, & you can read my excerpt on my Italy travel guide site, Italy Explained.
Incidentally, I’m going to be giving away a copy of the book over on Italy Explained later this year, so if you’re not already receiving the Italy Explained newsletter you should sign up so you hear about that giveaway as soon as it’s ready. Just enter your name & email address in the boxes in the right-hand column of the site.
- Missed In History: The Expulsion of Jews from Spain
In 2012, after the TBEX conference in Girona, my friend Pam & I stayed for a couple blissful days in the pretty walled town. Most of that time was spent in restaurants, seated at four-hour lunches (that is not hyperbole), but we paid a visit to Girona's little Jewish museum. Pam wrote about the experience here (you should really go read that, too).
Overall, we were both struck by (that is to say we were angry about) the willful disregard for the truth of what had happened to Spain's Jewish population. I had heard about a tour guide in Girona saying that no one knew why, but one day all the Jews just left. The displays in the museum echoed that preposterous theme – that the Jews "decided to leave." It's not only factually inaccurate, that kind of information whitewashes a terrible truth. We all know what happens when we don’t learn from history, right?
In any case, fast-forward to 2014, & I’m glad to see this topic covered on a new episode of a favorite podcast. They don’t get into how people in modern Spain (at least in Girona) turn a blind eye to the truth of their history – this podcast is really about what led to the expulsion of the Jews, what they were allowed to take with them (not much), etc. It does mention that the edict barring Jews from living in Spain wasn’t officially overturned until the 1960s. That would be completely unbelievable, had I not been to Girona in 2012 & seen them still pretending the Jews “decided to leave” for reasons no one understands.
If you still think 1492 in Spain is all about Columbus, please set aside a half-hour & listen.
- Pok Pok Wing and Koi Fusion Take Flight at PDX
I love Portland's airport – a good thing, since I spend more time there than in any other airport – but here's a reason to love it even more. They've now opened a food cart pod at the airport.
- Cheryl Strayed Says Tattoos Are Intimate Portraits and Stories
There is a new book out that tells the stories behind tattoos. I would want that book anyway, but then when you add that Cheryl Strayed wrote the introduction… Well, it's a no-brainer.