Brian McKanna's Archive

Under the Hammer

By / August 2016

In the Haitian village of Croix-des-Bouquets, writes Brian McKanna, metalworkers bring shape and meaning out of mangled loss.

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Rose of Syria

By / June 2016

Brian McKanna on a beleaguered country’s resilient flower: “What makes the Damask so attractive is its combination of intoxicating aroma and irrepressibility.”

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The London We Don’t Want to See

By / March 2016

Brian McKanna on what the gentrification of the city’s mews, or horse stables, reveals about our obsession with history.

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Letter from Erzurum

By / January 2016

Brian McKanna writes from Turkey’s coldest city: “Will Russia cut off our natural gas? The answer is always the same: It doesn’t matter. We can make it through winter without gas. We can always burn our tezek.”

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Putting the French Back in Fries

By / November 2015

In Canada, writes Brian McKanna, poutine is more than a fad: “Poutine is not on the menu at The Globe in Montreal, but Chef David McMillan will serve up the French fried potatoes with duck skin sauce and Stilton upon request.”

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Postcard from Eretria

By / October 2015

Brian McKanna visits an eerily quiet town on the Greek island of Evia: “Joanna Krokou works at Apollo, a knickknack shop. She is friendly but she is stressed. She worries about her job, worries how she’ll provide for her kids.”

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