The City: A Dictionary of Quotable Thoughts on Cities and Urban Life


Published in the Fall of 2014 by Transaction Press, The City is a significantly revised and expanded second edition of my 1984 survey of reference to the city and urban life in fiction and nonfiction literature that remained in print for twelve years. That edition was revised and expanded, … (Read More)

The Other Half of the Fun : The Travel of Getting There

TOHotF_Cover_editedI think my first associations with travel were gastrointestinal. My parents and my aunt and uncle used to take my brother and me on a long drive up to the lake in the Adirondacks for two weeks each summer. I love those two weeks in Summer, they seem to last … (Read More)

The Afterlife of Suzie Wong

TALoSW_Cover_SWong-script THE AFTERLIFE OF SUZIE WONG: Screenplay (2011)
by Sebastian Gerard

A 120-page feature film script (So, if you happen to be a producer . . . . . )

(For Goodness Sake, a novel of the afterlife of Suzie Wong – SCREENPLAY)


THE AFTERLIFE OF SUZIE WONG: Treatment (2009)(Read More)

For Goodness Sake, A Novel of the Afterlife of Suzie Wong

FGS_Book_Cover_256HMovies, it is often said, require of their audiences a willing suspension of disbelief. They are, at least where pure fiction is concerned, the domain of the romantic, not the rationalist. Movies are about life as we might wish it to be, or even wish it were not; but they … (Read More)

The Babo Gospels: Irrevent Essays On Religion For My Grandchildren

Preface:   The Babo Gospels,  ©2008, Sebastian Gerard


TBG_CoverTHE “BABO” GOSPELS grew out of a lifelong interest and formal learning in religion and belief, and subsequent apostasy. After writing a large number of essays on different aspects of religion and belief, all in the atmosphere in which religion had insinuated

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Vademecum Italica : Readings for Travelers in Italy


3. What’s Your Favorite Country
9. The Romantic Travel Movie—Italian Style
22. Venice and the Art of Urbanism
41. Shylock’s Ghetto: The Place of the Play
52. Florence in the Time of Lorenzo di Medici
75. Rule No. 1
77. That Angel Could Fly
80. The Madonna Subterfuge
92. … (Read More)

The Stranger Is Me : Travels and Self-Discoveries



477 pages

PUBLISHED, 2007, and available from Based on nearly 30 years of traveling to some sixty countries, escorting tours, and living in working London, Paris and Hong Kong, the author relates a variety of personal experiences, adventures and misadventures, lessons about travel and fellow travelers, observations about (Read More)

This Urban Life : Writing About The City for Multiple Media


PUBLISHED (AuthorHouse Books, 2005, Available from AMAZON.COM) book is not intended to be an “academic” treatise, although it may have its uses in academic discourse about cities and urban life. It is a “personal” point of view of urbanism. But much of my personal observations about cities are, owing to … (Read More)

Life Lines (Mini Book) (Charming Petites)

LifeLine_Cover_320HLife Lines was originally composed under the title Life Sentences and consisted of 100 pages that were less that an inch high, allowing for only one sentence per page.   The sentences are aphorisms that I had composed over several years in my journals.   Peter Pauper Press decided to publish it, … (Read More)

The River Dragon’s Daughters


TRDD_CoverThe River Dragon’s Daughters is a partially completed book spanning the lives of four Chinese women from the Republic to the present day.

© 2000, James A. Clapp

Weiping dribbled the goat’s milk carefully onto her left breast. Some ran … (Read More)