Bad Mike


I like the velocity of travel—it is the constant motion like the flitting movement of a loaded brush over canvas where a rhythm develops and is occasionally syncopated by thwarted plans or minor disaster.

It is a way of living and an exploration of the outer world and my inner landscape. There are dangers in such a way of living. Rarely are there external dangers; what is to be feared is the habit of exchanging nullity for nullity, drifting from visa to visa until either the money runs out or the earth simply swallows you.

Painting and writing is the binder that holds my center together while also compelling me onward. To what end I do not know ... these are voyages of discovery. The destination, if there is one, will manifest itself at some point.

My mode of travel, a backpack and humble transport, dictate that I paint small. A plein air sketch is invariably fresher and possesses a vitality that its studio counterpart often lacks. I strive to engage the landscape in a dialogue. A dialogue suggests, rather than states, and provides an entry to experience the time and place of its action.

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Spanking the Children of Paradise and Other Travel Tales of Cosmic Despair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: American English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Essay » Literature
Enjoy this collection of comic travel stories by the cosmically despairing Bad Mike who wanders aimlessly throughout Asia. Some stories are populated by elfin menaces—dirty, little girls that throw rocks at solitary travelers—on remote tropical islands. There is even an epic battle between truncheon wielding police and flower children, hippies, if you must. Even the hula hoop girls get spanked.

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asia    humor    humor comedy    india    travel    true stories