Culture

The Rug Men of Casablanca

By / December 2015

At a Moroccan bazaar, carpet salesmen worry about the future of their trade: “When my son was small,” says Muhammed Lgraoui, “he came to work with me. Not anymore. I don’t know what will happen to my shop when I die.”

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In Xinjiang, a Battle Over Bread

By / December 2015

“Fears of encroachment by Han Chinese in Xinjiang,” writes Ruth Ingram, “have produced a conflict of interests where food is a key battleground.”

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The Tower Builders of Catalonia

By / November 2015

In Valls, a small town west of Barcelona, people have been standing on each other’s shoulders for centuries.

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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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Three Strings for a Song

By / October 2015

Andy Owens profiles Hayri Dev, a Turkish folk musician who has spent a lifetime playing the three-stringed bağlama: “Within five minutes of sitting down on Dev’s back porch in Gökçeyaka, he reaches for his instrument.”

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‘Art Should Have No Meaning’

By / October 2015

Debbie Porter writes about the architect Su Nan Chu’s efforts to turn Xining, a city of two million in western China, into an oasis of contemporary art.

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