‘Deep South’ – Paul Theroux

… a leisurely, even languid book, reiterative and sometimes simply forgetful. We’re told twice why so many motels are owned by members of the Patel clan from Gujarat, and are twice offered some of Nelson Algren’s well-worn advice to travelers: “Never eat at a place called Mom’s, never play cards with a man called Doc.” …

GEOFFREY C. WARD review – Paul Theroux’s ‘Deep South’

I’ve read all of Paul Theroux’s travel books. He and Krakauer are terrific story tellers. My style of writers.

I’ve always wanted to know more about the U.S. South as well. From my few short visits to Georgia and Alabama, it’s clear my assumptions are mostly wrong.

This one is good. As usual. But he’s definitely mellowed. Sympathetic to Gundamentalists, in fact.

Paul Theroux is in a suspiciously good mood in “Deep South,” his 10th travel book. You begin to wonder if, in his relative old age — Mr. Theroux is 74 — this inimitably caustic novelist and nonfiction writer is mellowing.

“Deep South” recounts road trips taken in Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas and elsewhere below the Mason-Dixon line. …

Point the urbane and skeptical Mr. Theroux, who lives on Cape Cod and in Hawaii, in the direction of churches and gun shows (he visits many of each) and you might expect sulfurous ironies. Not in this book. …

NY Times – DWIGHT GARNER – Review: In ‘Deep South,’ Paul Theroux Takes an Eye-Opening Road Trip

Amazon – Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads 2015

Paul Theroux

related interview – Paul Theroux on ‘Deep South’

Yotel sleeping pod Gatwick airport

Planning on yet another overnight in an airport, I caved and booked a room instead. I couldn’t resist trying a Japanese-style capsule hotel which can be booked for blocks of 4 hours.

Free Wi-Fi, free hot drinks, monsoon shower, TV, 24-hour front desk. Great service.

It sounded inexpensive at 52 pounds. Sadly that’s over C$100. :-(

Yotel Gatwick

home-made Christmas presents are best

Wei works in a factory in Yiwu, eastern China, coating polystyrene snowflakes with red powder. He wears a Christmas hat to protect his hair, and goes through at least six face masks a day.

According to the Chinese government press agency, 600 factories in Yiwu produce around 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations. The factories are staffed largely by migrant laborers, who work 12-hour days for between 270 and 400 euros a month. Wei, who comes from rural Guizhou, 1,500 kilometers away, is not entirely sure what Christmas is, but thinks that it is a foreigners’ form of Chinese New Year.

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I saw that award winning photo at the 58th World Press Photo contest exhibition in London.

stop logging the Ghost watershed

I signed a Change.org page:

Petitioning Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Honourable and 2 others

Call for an immediate moratorium on logging in the Ghost Watershed.

Ghost watershed

Anna Glaser’s family has a vacation home in the Ghost. Spray Lake Sawmills wants to cut down as many trees as possible. Spray Lake Sawmills is the bad guy. :(

Here’s Anna’s take on the situation – Ghost Stories

Here are Anna’s family and friends of the Ghost protesting.