Crossing the Mongolian Steppe

South China Morning Post, Post Magazine Nov. 3, 2013 by Robin Ewing A blond border guard wearing long braids waves us out of Russia – and the road immediately turns to dirt. Our van shudders through a barren no-man’s-land deep in the rocky Altai Mountains,...

Review of The Lunatic Express by Carl Hoffman

Global Media Journal 2011 By Robin Ewing The concept for Carl Hoffman’s book The Lunatic Express is ostensibly simple: to write a travel narrative about riding the world’s most dangerous conveyances. The idea was to experience mass transit as the majority of the world...

The Cold War’s last frontier

The San Antonio Express-News Jan. 14, 2007 By Robin Ewing Using the southern end of the rectangular cornflower-blue building as a shield in event of attack, a Republic of Korea solider trains one steady eye on North Korea. The other eye — presumably, as his...

Korea on the screen and on the page

San Antonio Express-News By Robin Ewing The existence of two Koreas is both a complex political conundrum as well as an emotional tug-of-war for the Korean people. It is estimated that 10 million people were separated from their families when Korea was divided, first...

History by the Book

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine December 2005 By Robin Ewing Everything Virginia Grona needs for her job is listed in the 1908 Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. The pages are crammed with intricate drawings of bicycles, furniture, clothing, appliances, food,...

Viva Patpong

The Bangkok Nation Aug 16, 2003 By Robin Ewing Elvis lives in Patpong. Tonight, he is sweating on the small stage of Radio City pivoting his red polyester hips with the music, rhinestones flashing. Brandishing an old guitar he doesn’t use, he sings “Blue...

The Shavemaster

By Robin Ewing Charles A. Roberts calls himself “the world’s first shave master.” He also calls himself the founder of the modern wet-shave movement. And he sometimes calls himself Chaz, usually when he’s signing off an e-mail or autographing labels for his homemade...

O Romeo, Romeo

By Robin Ewing Romeo is all about accessories: the blue-metal rabies tag dangling from the zipper of his black hoodie, the two empty red shotgun shells swinging from his backpack, the pair of plastic banana-yellow sunglasses, the wide, black-leather silver-studded...

Cutting the cord

Austin Business Journal May 15, 2005 By Robin Ewing In January, 8,000 employees at the Ford Motor Co. ditched their desk phones and went wireless. Sprint Corp. got the deal — the largest of its kind in the United States — and now it’s arming...

Adventures in architecture

Austin Business Journal June 19,2005 By Robin Ewing Sherry Matthews’ house in West Austin was conceived on a napkin in the West Indies. Austin architect Dick Clark, her friend of 23 years, sketched it while the two were on vacation in St. Barts. “I saw him...

Going to the School of Rock

Latinitas Magazine May, 2005 By Robin Ewing Suzy Garcia went to school to learn how to be a rock star. Now the 27-year-old from San Antonio sings in the rock band Suzy Bravo. On stage, she sings, shouts and swings the microphone, full of energy as she paces up and...

Austin loses midwives

May 9, 2005 By Robin Ewing Middle-school teacher Lori Osborn rents a tiny two-room house in central Austin. The kitchen, wide enough for only one person at a time, opens to an outside deck with potted flowers under strings of colored Christmas lights. The cozy bedroom...

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