Culture and Travel Digest

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The third issue of Culture and TravelLTB Media‘s eye confection of a publication—is on newsstands now.

The magazine sports a hefty Agenda section, with listings for architecture, exhibitions, and performance at dispersed locations around the world. Also nice is Benjamin Moser’s ode to the Jordaan in Amsterdam, though we liked it more for the history it offers than for its appraisal of the neighborhood’s current dynamics.

The real treasure of the issue, however, is Kevin Cooley’s photo essay of Longyearbyen, the main settlement on the Norwegian Arctic island of Svalbard. Longyearbyen is often described as the world’s northernmost town. While this claim can certainly be contested, what is not in dispute is the city’s extreme northerly geographic position, halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. Cooley’s photos wonderfully capture the stark isolation of the town, as well as its unmistakably Nordic order. Bridget Batch’s short accompanying article provides a good introduction to the territory, as well.

Culture and Travel: more photos essays, please.

About the author

Alex Robertson Textor

About the author: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog,

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