September 2009

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Jan Morris

Where in the World?

Jan Morris, one of the world's leading travel writers, introduces six essays and describes the challenges of modern travel writing

Fez Morocco donkeys

Where Donkeys Deliver

The author returns to Fez to explore the stubborn animal's central role in the life of this desert kingdom

Hagi Castle Shizuki Park

Serene Japan

Far from bustling Tokyo, tradition can be found in contemplative gardens, quiet inns and old temples

Golden Temple

Saving Punjab

A Sikh architect is helping to preserve cultural sites in the north Indian state still haunted by 1947’s heart-wrenching Partition

Castleton Gardens Jaimaca

Captain Bligh's Cursed Breadfruit

The biographer of William Bligh—he of the infamous mutiny on the Bounty—tracks him to Jamaica, still home to the versatile plant

Vistula River and Wawel Castle in Krakow Poland

Under the Polish Sun

The memoirist trades Tuscany for the northern light and unexpected pleasures of Krakow and Gdansk

Los Angeles freeway

The Long Way Home

In the spirit of Kerouac and Steinbeck, the celebrated travel writer fulfills a childhood fantasy: to drive across his native land


Indelible Images

Off to the Races

Photographer Sean Kernan followed Polish immigrants Andrej and Alec Bozek from an Austrian refugee camp to Texas



Readers Respond to the July Issue

This Month in History

September Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

From the Castle

From the Castle

Smithsonian 2.0

Around the Mall

Back to Basics

Transforming everyday items into Native American artwork, Jungen bridges the gap between indigenous and mass cultures

The Object at Hand

Attack At Sea

A WWII sailor's memento recalls the harrowing ordeal when his ship, the SS Alcoa Guide, was struck by a German U-Boat


Q&A: Tom Cavanagh

Actor Tom Cavanagh discusses what it is like to go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian museums

What's Up

What's Up

Frontier photography, Japanese folk tales, indigenous art and more

The Last Page

Last Fan Standing

Why I'll always root for the home team