I've spent a decade or so complaining that there should be a high speed train running from Flagstaff to Tucson via Phoenix, so I'm already in the bag for the message fictional characters Pete Campbell and Harry Crane are selling here, but if some of Mad Men's aesthetic of cool makes rail travel seem more appealing, I'd be thrilled.
Rosenblum, who also teaches International Reporting at the UA School of Journalism, has reported on peace and war from 200 countries, eventually becoming the AP's chief international foreign correspondent. From 1979 to 1981 was editor of the International Herald Tribune. Rosenblum has written a series of books about U.S. press coverage of international affairs, as well as books about political and economic issues in Africa and France.
Rosenblum was one of hundreds of presenters at the third annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona.
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More photos from today's Book Festival coming soon.
(Disclosure: Blogger John de Dios is a member of the Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting web management team.)
Story by Melanie Huonker
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Surrounded by picturesque views, grazing cattle, and open fields, I found myself forgetting I was in Arizona. Gone were desert plains and cactuses, I was surrounded by vineyards.
Just 60 miles southeast of Tucson in the Sonoita and Elgin area is home to 10 different vineyards surrounded by scenic views of mountain ranges.
“They are starting to make some really good wines here,” said Cindy Carlson, a frequent visitor to the area. “The fact that it’s growing like it is [here] is very nice to see.”
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Florida's Sun-Sentinel has a feature on some of the more bizarre destinations around the world. It results in a collection of 46 beautiful areas around the globe that should be on anyone's bucket list. Included on their list are four here in Arizona. Not pictured here, but part of the slideshow: Antelope Canyon, in Page, Ariz., and the Petrified Forest National Park, also on the northern side of our state.
A few days after a scolding from the Pima County Board of Supervisors, the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau rolled out a new promotional campaign. Coincidence? I can't say, but as a special preview to their Facebook fans, they unveiled three ads today that focus on a relatively tired view of town.
Congratulations, Visitors Bureau. You've reinforced the idea that we don't have paved roads here. and that Tucsonans spend their days dodging cacti on horseback. Way to go.
While it also shows a somewhat cliched view of the area, maybe we should just use the recent National Geographic web video featuring Calexico. At least it showed Little Poca Cosa.
Travel writer Frances Figart came to Tucson to the All Souls Procession, and wrote an impressive piece about the experience.
Border issues notwithstanding, one of the most compelling aspects of Tucson, known to locals as the Old Pueblo, is that, unlike so many homogenized geographical regions in the Unites States, it retains a palpable and dynamic culture, an authentic sense of place! This is brought out in traditions like the Day of the Dead, where Mexicans and Americans come together for a communal celebration of both life and death. And it is also reflected in the Latino influenced musical traditions that have naturally emerged in border regions such as this one. Calexico — whose concerts now traditionally close out the annual Day of the Dead festivities — represents that blend of cultures and musical genres perhaps better than any other border band in the southwest. The concert they gave as the finale to the All Souls Procession at the historic Rialto Theatre, the locus of Tucson cultural history since 1920, benefited the non-profit organization Many Mouths One Stomach, a Tucson-based collective of artists, teachers and community activists who support “festal culture,” the fulfillment of human needs through public celebration, ceremony and ritual. The performance not only fused many world genres, especially those that inspire the southwest, but also brought together in celebration many cultures in one uplifted community spirit.
I was just telling y'all about how cool Flagstaff is the other day. Now Life magazine names it No. 5 on its list of underrated cities in the Western U.S.:
"People think Arizona is desert and cactus. Flagstaff is mountains and forests and clear skies," Tamony says. Here: "the world's coolest hotel, the Monte Vista."
So I don't really have time here to tell you about the awesomeness of last night's SXSW festival; it's my first visit to the musical madhouse and there's a whole day out there to experience.
But, luckily, NPR is here to save the day with lots of coverage, including recordings of the spectacular performances by Broken Bells, Spoon, Sharon Jones and the Walkmen at Stubb's Bar-B-Q last night. Check it all out here.
Give a listen to the Broken Bells here.
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