Literary London: A Recommended Reading List


Anyone dreaming of a trip to London? Traveling there this year? Packing your bags with your feet as you read this?

If so: first, stop multi-tasking. In the words of Ron Swanson, “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Second, check out my recommended reading list for the extraordinary city of London, published today over at LitroNY. Each of the books I chose offers a totally different perspective on the British capital, highlighting various aspects of a metropolis that has proved itself impossible to summarize. Whether you want a closeup of Victorian London, Dickens-style (Oliver Twist) or a contemporary romp that will keep you in stitches for the eight-hour transatlantic crossing (Bridget Jones’s Diary), I’ve got you covered.

Happy traveling, if that’s on your itinerary—and, of course, happy reading!

Student Strikes in Strasbourg, and accidental alliteration

This one time, I went to study in France, and my university went on strike for four months. No one would tell me what was going on, and whenever I asked, someone closed a door in my face. Oh, and then they actually blocked the doors around campus with desks and chairs, probably so I’d stop bothering them:


It’s pretty much my best anecdote, except for the time I got hit by a car, and then ninja-rolled away from traffic.

Anyway, you can read about it here. My article on Strasbourg has nothing to do with books, so this is basically shameless self-promotion heaped on heartless exploitation of my own blog. I’m counting on the possibility that some of you like travel writing as much as I do, and on your forgiveness just this once (plus all the other times I’m likely to do this in the future).

Also, on the off chance that tarte flambée is something you adopt into your life per my suggestion, YOU’LL BE THANKING ME LATER.