The 10 oddest travel guides ever published. “After five years’ travel,” veteran guidebook writer Geoff Crowther once recalled, “most of us went feral.” So did the books they wrote. Jammed into backpacks, ripped into pieces, guidebooks escape into the wild to get lost or abandoned for the next edition. Here are 10 that are so transfixingly odd that they’ve remained readable long beyond their original itineraries. — Slate

Reflecting on Hiroshima. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima by an American atomic bomb. History suggests that, in the absence of nuclear deterrence, the world would eventually be plunged yet again into the sort of cataclysm that twice scarred the 20th century. Making the world safe for conventional war should not be either our goal or an acceptable outcome. — The Washington Times

All the privileged must have prizes. The banality and sense of entitlement of rich students at Harvard left John H. Summers feeling his teaching had been degraded to little more than a service to prepare clients for monied careers.Times Higher Education

The Lifestyle beat. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming Ernest Hemingway. Now, I travel and drink and tell people where to travel and what to drink. Close enough, I guess, though likely closer to the paunchy, boozy, crazy late Hemingway than the younger, dashing one who ran with bulls, drove ambulances in the Great War, and wrote good novels. — The Smart Set

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