I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading —
It vexes me to choose another guide —

― Emily Brontë

Welcome to Portable Bohemia, a website and blog devoted to celebration of the artistic spirit and pursuit of the intellectual adventure.

The blog features essays, reviews, rants, screeds, ruminations, and on the good days maybe a measure of insightful commentary about books, cinema, art and culture, sports, and sundry other themes and topics. Matters of politics and current affairs are taken up as conscience and honest indignation dictate.

Check out the Gallery page for photographs. For the most part I point the camera and hope something good will come of it. I like to think that sometimes it does.


Update April 3, 2020. The Events page typically lists art openings, poetry readings, and other events of interest that are not happening these days. The page will be updated with alternatives such as virtual museum tours, online concerts, and ways to engage in political activism as they come to my notice. Thank you for your patience.

​​Contact me if you have questions, comments, or information about upcoming events. I would love to hear from you.

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  • November 15, 2022 / Vol. VII, No. 22: the election, an anecdote about György Lukács, Tony Judt Thinking the Twentieth Century

  • November 1, 2022 / Vol. VII, No. 21:  Barack Obama out on the campaign trail, the assault on Paul Pelosi, grim Ukraine, a movie note…

  • October 15, 2022 / Vol. VII, No. 20: Review of Timothy Snyder's discussion of fascist thinker Ivan Ilyin, Putin's authority on history and main man on the ideas front, the fictional character "Donald Trump, successful businessman"…

  • October 1, 2022 / Vol. VII, No. 19:  Notes about Masha Gessen and her book The Future Is History, Putin's machinations in Ukraine, setting the record straight on Trump's claims that the FBI and DOJ are controlled by "radical-left scoundrels"…

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