My Short Item in The Magazine

The current issue of The Magazine (pictured above), a bi-monthly glossy published by the Bangkok Post, contains a very brief item I wrote about Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. (You’ve heard me mention Wilco before, no doubt.) In each issue, various folks are asked to weigh in on their favorite album, book, or movie. The item […]

Newley.com Will Return on Wednesday

I won’t be posting anything here until Wednesday. See you then, friends. (Image from, via.)

My Favorite Podcasts

Podcasts. Would life be worth living without them? Here’re some of my faves: — NPR: Shuffle. A daily compilation of the best stories from Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other shows. — NPR’s World Story of the Day. Same concept, but limited to foreign dispatches. — ESPN/Soccernet Extra: A bunch of English football journalists […]

Strange Japanese Soft Drinks

Check out “The Top Ten Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks.” I would kill for a taste of the Pepsi Ice Cucumber. Not to mention the Coolpis Kimchi Drink.

Bolivia, FIFA, and Globalization

Simon Romero had an excellent story in the New York Times yesterday about Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, fighting to defeat the high-altitude soccer ban I mentioned recently. I particularly like the lede (as well as the delightful image, above): Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, donned a green jersey the other day, watched a llama […]

Me As a Little Guy

You may remember “Uncle” Joel, a long-time friend of the family whose remarkable photography I’ve mentioned here before. He snapped the image of me — here — as a three-year-old. This morning I woke up to a surprise that has made my month: Joel unearthed this old image of me and my Dad back in […]

Asia’s Top 5 Terrorists

I have a new story at Tripmaster Monkey. It’s called “Threat Level: Yellow! Asia’s Top 5 Terrorists.”

The Globalization of Sushi

Jay McInerney reviews two new books that “attempt to account for the transformation of sushi from a provincial street snack to the international luxury cuisine of the 21st century.” (Cartoon via.)