Ziplining through Panama’s coffee hills, in Washington Post Travel. And a video clip of that flight through the forest:
Jim Thompson’s Oklahoma – The Darkest Guidebook Ever? Before he wrote The Killer Inside Me, noir novelist Jim Thompson led a guidebook team into down-and-dirty Oklahoma. It showed a shadow side of the Sooners that he brought to his fiction. This article was first posted on the Smithsonian Channel’s blog. You can also read a 1935 true-crime story by Thompson from True Detectivehere.
Charles McManus and The Great Cork Experiment– When a huge fireball rose over Baltimore harbor, people suspected sabotage and said Charles McManus’ cork business was over. Instead, he launched a decade-long drive to plant an indispensable tree across America. Clues to the story remain in Maryland. Listen to David’s interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.