Category Archives: Africa

OUT OF TOUCH / OFF TO AFRICA

For the past few days I’ve organizing my trip to Africa. Kenya and Tanzania. For the Kilimanjaro Initiative. I shall be escorting three young adults from Brooklyn to Nairobi and then accompanying this trio and five Kenyans to the Masai tribelands in Tanzania before attempting a climb of Africa’s highest mountain. Kilimanjaro is over 19,000 […]

GOING SOUTH

Several years ago I watched Charlotte Rampling on the BBC. The actress had been a fantasy of mine after seeing THE NIGHT PORTER and the 60-year-old was promoting her new film by Laurent Cantent’s HEADING SOUTH. This movie featured a rare examination of sex, lust, and lust set in Haiti of the 1970s and Charlotte […]

Peter Beard in Paradise

In 2008 Peter Beard defied the death. Not only had the famed photographer survived a goring by the tusk of an African elephant, but even the ravages of his own excess. Bravo for a new life in St. Tropez. Here’s an elephant attack joke: This tourist returns from Africa and calls his doctor. “I was […]

The Brides of Mopti

The Niger River runs 4000 kilometers through Western Africa. Its existence was known to the Romans, although few people were aware of its source. Mungo Park explored the Mali interior finding death beyond the relative safety of Timbucktoo. It was a common end for most European seeking the shrink the expanse of ‘terra incognita’ on […]

KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST BY Adam Hochschild

Can you judge a book by its cover? Certainly not KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST, unless you have an inkling that Josef Conrad’s THE HEART OF DARKNESS was based on his six months of visiting the hellish Congo Free State plantation dotting the Congo River and that Kurtz was not one man but many fervently seeking their fortune […]