Having spent months in Tonga, I’m not entirely surprised by the latest videos of Nuku’alofa in flames. It’s a sleepy South Pacific capital, and there’s always a lot of feeling rumbling underneath the placidity.
My main Tonga interest is the Peace Corps murder of 1976, and there’s news: the publication of former Peace Corps Read More
I’m in Alanis Morissette withdrawal. I got her new CD, Under Rug Swept , when it came out last month, but now I’m in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, with nothing to play it on. I’m here to do long interviews with people on a serious historical subject, but four or five of Alanis’ songs keep playing in Read More
A few months back, in the South Pacific, I met a lady named Olive from the Save the Whales movement. She was on her way to an international conference and staying at the same hotel as a friend in Nuku’alofa. We all went out to eat. She reminded me of a suffragette: striking, thin-lipped, precise Read More