Places

City of Mosaics

By / May 2017

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.”

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Alone Together

By / March 2017

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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Beirut Has a Garbage Problem

By / December 2016

“What will happen,” asks Rachel Pieh Jones, “when Beirut’s temporary landfills overflow or if the ocean-side dump is blocked because of environmental damage?”

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Letter from Bankoulé

By / September 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones goes looking for a waterfall in the Djiboutian desert: “I tried to keep my expectations low. I know how little water there is in the desert, how unlikely it is to fall in substantial cascades.”

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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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Letter from Forli

By / July 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones writes from Forli, (adopted) home of dictators, bell towers, pseudo-historical scandal, and perhaps the world’s most beautiful prison.

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