NY Times on the ultimate Czech beer run

Evan Rail wrote a pretty interesting article in the NY Times about seeking the ultimate Czech beer on a tour. I’ve gone with my dad on one of these trips – one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. As usual, such articles are prone to provoke debate about which beers are really, in theContinue reading “NY Times on the ultimate Czech beer run”

why saint patrick’s day should be celebrated with lowercase letters

Happy Saint Patrick’s day, for those of you who celebrate such things. I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but Saint Patrick’s great addition to Irish and world culture was not his invention of green beer or of driving the snakes out of the Emerald Isle. A few years back, Jasper Bear, one of TheContinue reading “why saint patrick’s day should be celebrated with lowercase letters”

Hanging ducks from windowsills

It’s kind of cold here in Kafkaville at present (my car’s thermometer showed 7 degrees, which translates to ‘butt-cold’ in California terms), and it’s pretty obvious now that the three-week stretch of Indian Summer, or as the Czechs call it, ‘Babí leto’ (false summer) is now coming to a close. I don’t know what IndiansContinue reading “Hanging ducks from windowsills”