When the dot com bubble burst in the fall of 2001, the newly laid-off author spent three months on Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands of the British West Indies. This collection comprises... More > the weekly email updates with which he entertained and stymied his audience back home. It follows his misadventures with backwardness and corruption in a colony no longer wanted by its rulers, dealing with the events of September 11 in a foreign country, and the imminent nervous breakdown which threatened his sanity and forced him back into "civilization."< Less
In his second book, the author once again enters weird territory--this time as an officer on a popular cruise ship, amidst crewmembers from almost every country in the world.
Taking refuge in the... More > ship's crew bar, Nickell observes and reports on the surreal, fascinating, and oftentimes frustrating life of working on a cruise ship.
Tall tales, hurricanes, disintegrating uniforms, rogue cans of Guinness, the McDonaldization of an entire company, and dour observations of American tourists are all in a day's work, and thirsty work it is.< Less