Culture and Travel Digest

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: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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