Pray for Rain

In India, writes Robert Smythe, waiting for monsoon season is an exercise in hope and fear: “There is a third reason why Indians pray for rain, a reason that I might crudely describe as the unifying thrill of monsoon season.”

In an Istanbul Restaurant, Texas Meets the Black Sea

Can Chef Sertan Cavusoglu sell Istanbulites on American barbecue? “Turks,” Cavusoglu says, “don’t have any guarantee in their lives—except for their food.”

City of Mosaics

In the central Jordanian city of Madaba, the tedious work of restoring ancient mosaics never stops. “Replacing tesserae,” writes Danny Wright, “requires a dichotomous balance of strength and subtlety.”

A Tired Sort of Beauty

Busy bazaars, solitary courtyards, aquamarine domes, and dilapidated houses. Photographer Leeza Taylor sends these pictures from Uzbekistan.

Alone Together

The irony of cities is that they can be such isolating places, not communities so much as collections of solitary figures keeping distance in work and in daydreams. Carolyn McLaughlin sends these pictures from Istanbul.

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