About the blog
The first chapter of The Philiad revealed the protagonist volunteering in Bolivia. The second found him teaching in Mexico. In this the third chapter the protagonist has moved to New York and become a starving student. Although the scenes change, certain themes remain the same. The Philiad is a frustrated travel blog; it would like to be a Philodyssey, but the name had no ring to it, and anyway the protagonist is far too sedentary. Still, it mostly deals with travel, just in a very slow and relatively unepic way.
About the boy
Raised in Australia, the protagonist has been adrift – usually alone – since 2005. In the course of his travels he has picked up an odd assemblage of tastes and fixations. He has a thing for ruins (both ancient and modern), and another possibly related thing for skeletons. He is probably better with animals than people, and probably better with books than animals. He is often guided by his stomach.