Earth Rider (Tales of a Dharma Bum)

J.B. Angell
Earth Rider is a homage to Hemingway's Nick Adams stories. Journey with Nick through the American West, Mexico, Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, West & Central Africa, Indonesia, Balkans, Tibet and China exploring Earth's terrible beauty.
Created 02 Dec 2020
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  • The Balkanization of Yugoslavia
    19 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    After Nick landed in Pristina, Kosovo from Vienna he made a pilgrimage to its Bill Clinton statue. After all, it wouldn’t be a partially recognized country today without the intervention of the former...
  • Old Delhi
    25 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    What once was “Modern” is Old Delhi The previous week Nick was strolling among autumn leaves atop moss clinging to granite pummeled by Baltic surf under fortress walls on Suomenlinna Island in Helsink...
  • From Borobudur & Prambanan to Sunda Kelapa
    07 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Arriving from Bangkok with a few days off in the largest Muslim country in the world where Hinduism arrived in the 1st century CE, Buddhism in the 6th and Islam possibly as early as the 9th century, N...
  • Uzbekistan
    01 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    After a midnight arrival from Frankfurt, Nick awoke in Tashkent surrounded by utilitarian Soviet architecture and sixty-year-old street cars rumbling along tree-lined boulevards with fountains galore ...
  • Abyssinia
    09 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Over Lake Tana on a twilight descent into Addis Ababa a glance to the northwest revealed a cluster of mushroom thunderheads with lightning bolt stems set against a burnt orange sky crowned by radiant ...
  • Tajikistan's Pamir Highway
    05 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Nick had one last “Stan” to visit before completing a clean sweep of Central Asian nations. His midnight Somon Air flight from Frankfurt to Dushanbe was rewarded with spectacular views of the Fergana ...
  • David Atlee Philips: The Assassin Next Door
    22 Mar 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided l...
  • Bradford Bishop: The Fugitive Next Door
    09 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    On March 1, 1976, Foreign Service Officer William Bradford Bishop (08/01/36) killed his entire family down the street in Potomac: three sons (Billy 14, Brenton 10 & Geoffrey 5), wife Annette 37 and mo...
  • Felix Bloch: The Spy Next Door
    23 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    A few houses up the street in Potomac lived Foreign Service Officer, Felix Bloch. A State Department Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Vienna from 1983-87 (Economic Counselor 1980-83), Felix was observ...
  • Earth Rider Vignettes I
    16 Feb 2021 • 14 min read • 1 5
    One of the more disturbing aspects of world travel is watching the news and seeing familiar lodgings later destroyed by bombs, set on fire or the scenes of bloody terrorist attacks, not to mention nea...
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