Expedictionary Day – Highlights from the Past Year

Over the past year, Expedictionary has experienced tremendous support and views as it evolves from a more personal compendium of essays to a platform for all things literary geography, reaching computer screens on six continents. (The jury’s still out on Antarctica).

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of regular posts, we shall embrace “Expedictionary Day” and list out some of the best posts from the past year.

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Expedictionary’s first breakout post was “Film Cities: The Truman Show, Urban Planning, and Television’s Evolution,” discussing the Jim Carrey film The Truman Show, New Urbanism in Florida, and binge-watching in Norway. The post, the first in a series describing connections between urbanism and film, is the most popular Expedictionary article to date.

Read it here: https://expedictionary.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/essay-the-truman-show-urban-planning-and-televisions-evolution/

Coming close on the heels of “Truman Show” was the wildly popular “Five Books Better than the Hunger Games,” the opening article in the “Top 5” series and also its most popular.

Read it here: https://expedictionary.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/5-books-better-than-the-hunger-games/

The final hit of the summer was “SNL, American Nations, and Farewell Summer: A Letter to the Readers,” an article that functioned as both a personal essay and a discussion of American regional cultural differences through Saturday Night Live and Colin Woodard’s book American Nations.

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Fall’s best posts came in a string of holiday-themed posts about short stories for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

“Halloween Special: Five Suspenseful Short Stories”


“Thanksgiving Special: Five Stories to Make You Thankful”


“Five Heartwarming Short Stories for the Holidays”




Winter saw the publishing of my favorite books read in 2013, as well as the second post in the Film Cities series, the popular “Film Cities: Spike Jonze’s Her and Los Angeles as Radiant City.”

“Five Favorite Books Read in 2013”


“Film Cities: Spike Jonze’s Her and Los Angeles as Radiant City”




Spring was notable for the amount of posts linking to my articles published in the Daily Princetonian and the Nassau Literary Review, featuring “Brick by Brick” my five-part Princeton architectural history series for the newspaper, featuring interviews with historians, architects, and University officials. My literary essay for the Nassau Literary Review covered the Thomas Jefferson’s paradoxical personality in reflection of his architecture.

“Brick by Brick: Nassau Hall”


“A Paradox of Grand Designs: Thomas Jefferson and His Empire for Liberty”




Last week’s “Fear is the Mind Killer: Ranking the Dune Novels” is the launch of a new exciting series in which I rank every novel or film in a series. Next up is “The Man with No Name: Ranking the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns” to be published July 9th.

But before that, we’ll see a new holiday-themed post for Independence Day and a “Film Cities” post about Minority Report on June 25th.

Missing something? In case you’re wondering, a Quote of the Fortnight retrospective will be coming this Wednesday. After that, we’ll take a break from Quote of the Fortnight until Autumn.

Thanks to all the loyal fans and readers who make this site special. This blog is for you.

Keep reading in the geography!



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