Hi all, Despite the extended hiatus, all is well in the LTIL world. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy with other projects over the past few months–Boyce has been writing about tamales; Paul is moving to the West Coast–but we’ve got…

Hi everyone, After a year and a half of publishing in our current format, land that I live is preparing to get bigger and better! We have plenty of exciting news to share soon, but for now we’re taking a…

Bruce Springsteen on his 2012 European tour / photo by Juan Ramon Rodrigeuz Sosa, courtesy Creative Commons

LET ME tell you about the Bruce Springsteen concert I went to in London this summer. I first got fascinated with Springsteen the same way I learned to shave, in secret imitation of my father. I remember in junior high…

Here at LTIL, we’ve often explored the way the Internet is shaping the places where we live, and the way we live in those places–how we build friendships, how we deal without Internet, and even how we conceive of place and identity…

"Intensity," by flickr user Nicholas_T / licensed by Creative Commons

(Strawberry Hill, Woodbridge, N.J.) Wasn’t one damn berry on that hill in any season, shape, shade, or size. And that sluggish-greenish thing they called a stream? Had nothing but a concrete bridge prettied up with some punk’s art and years…

In case you missed the news on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, our fearless contributor and favorite Rhodes Scholar  Andrew Lanham got an essay published in the Los Angeles Review of Books yesterday! Its a companion piece to the essay he…

Wildwood Days

The first time my family vacationed in Wildwood, New Jersey, we stayed at a three-story motel on East Lavender Road. Its blinking neon sign greeted us each night as we trudged up from the beach, weary from hours spent in…

"Football in Grass" by Jayel Aheram / licensed under Creative Commons

They say my grandpa used to bet on the ponies. They say he swaggered to the harness racetrack several nights a week when the weather was warm enough to draw the crowds, smoking a White Owl cigar and leaning over…

Photo courtesy Creative Commons / by Flickr user Vivienne Gucwa

  On Returning to Baker, California The World’s Largest Thermometer is dark now, most of the ten-degree bulbs shot out for target practice and the Starbucks’ windows boarded up and splintering to dust in the gritted-desert wind are cordoned off…

Is this the hardest game on the internet? Photo courtesy of Flickr user jimmywayne

Proceed to quiz   Most people, when they’re giving directions, describe all highways with the uncomplicated prefix “Route” (pronounced as root or rawte, according to taste). Take Route 85 for a few miles, then merge on Route 151, then south on Route 16….