Darkness in Good Guy Land

This is another first-draft segment from the forthcoming memoir: Fire Bone! When complete, the book will cover some of Bob’s adventures in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the U.S. Three other snippets appear just below this one. (Comments entered below on this blog are welcome, and all will be acknowledged.) © 2013, 2014 […]

This was the Army

This is another draft segment from the forthcoming memoir: Fire Bone! When complete, the book will cover some of Bob’s adventures in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Two other snippets appear just below this one. (Comments are welcome and will be acknowledged.) Returning to Fort Knox after that brief halcyon experience attached to […]

107 Thompson Street, Greenwich Village

Bob Bone decanting beer, 1962. (Photo by Hunter S. Thompson.) ( Another draft segment from the forthcoming memoir: Fire Bone! When complete, it will cover some of Bob’s adventures in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. ) © 2013, 2014 by Robert W. Bone It was during this 1960-1962 period that I felt I […]

Pekin Becomes Politically Correct

(A segment or chapter from the forthcoming memoir: Fire Bone!) © 2013, 2014 by Robert W. Bone Most of my childhood was spent in the small city of Pekin, Illinois, which included the first two years at Pekin Community High School. Had my parents not moved me away, I would have been graduated with all […]

Exploring a Pacific Island Battleground

Text and photos by Robert W. Bone PELELIU, Palau — We fought our way up a difficult jungle rise, grabbing at wet tropical foliage that seemed to grab back at us, slapping at bare legs and faces as we tried to move forward. The day was unusually dark. It had been raining off and on, […]

San Francisco’s “Weekend Wanderlust”

SAN FRANCISCO – Three accomplished and well-recognized travel writers recently were tossing around an idea: How good travel writing might employ a new medium here in the Bay Area – personal readings before a live audience. In the words of Lavinia Spalding, “Weekday Wanderlust is the result of many champagne-fueled lunches shared by Kimberley Lovato, […]

Blogging in the Aegean Sea

  As a travel writer and a veteran of dozens of ocean cruises, I usually don’t get overly excited about another one. But this cruise was different. The Aegean Odyssey, the only ship operated by a three-year-old company called Voyages to Antiquity, is a relatively small vessel, and that’s part of its charm. It carries […]

January 2012: Hawaiian Memories

From 1971 until 2008 my family and I made our home in Hawaii. While living in Honolulu, I visited and revisited all the islands of the state many times, and turned out hundreds of travel articles for newspapers and magazines, many of them on Hawaiian subjects. I also wrote four travel books including the award-winning […]

Give me Liberty

Cruisers returning to the ship at Cozumel Monday, Dec. 5 – I am enjoying life aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty, which docked this morning for a few hours at the popular Mexican island of Cozumel. Cruise ships are sometimes criticized for fostering the impression among their guests that they are still in the U.S., […]

Bone leads in to the SATW coverage in New Zealand

On the eve of the November debut of the film, the “Rum Diary,” the TV3 network in New Zealand asked me to talk about my early friendship with Hunter Thompson. Then they ended up switching the mood entirely, using brief portions of the 15-minute interview to lead into coverage of the opening events of the annual meeting of The […]

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