Experiences

Rite of Passage

By / December 2012

A dispatch from a circumcision party: “On the boy’s head teetered a white diadem, outfitted with a flyaway white feather. He held a sparkling scepter crowned with an amulet.”

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The Mourning Feast

By / December 2012

Rachel Pieh Jones visits a funeral in Djibouti: “She returned with a smaller bottle of stronger perfume, smoky like burning flowers and cinnamon, and smeared it with her thumb on the backs of our hands.”

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My Fiery Surroundings

By / November 2012

Marissa Carruthers on the Canary Islands: “I wondered about the connection between landscape and people, if it might be the case that sheerer terrain made for more memorable personalities.”

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Triumph Among the Ruins

By / October 2012

Chris Watts recalls Italy’s improbable 2006 World Cup run: “Grown men embraced and wept openly. Daredevils scaled the ruins of Palantine Hill. Parliament declared a national holiday.”

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Wild Visions of Yunnan

By / September 2012

Will Fleeson comes to terms with the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China’s Yunnan province.

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Dust on the Djibouti Trail

By / September 2012

Rachel Pieh Jones goes running in Djibouti: “A camel leaped into my path, startled by my footsteps. We eyed each other. She stepped aside, stretched her neck, and nibbled on a yellow plastic bag tangled in a thorn tree.”

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