Places

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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Istanbul Will Endure

By / June 2016

As we grieve and fume and await justice for the victims of the terror attack at Ataturk airport, we offer this collection of stories from our favorite city on earth.

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In Kore, the High Cost of Cleaning Up

By / May 2016

“A nearby recycling plant,” Kaela La Farge writes from the slums of Addis Ababa, “promises to employ locals to sort trash. But how long will the work last?”

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5 Beautiful Bridges

By / April 2016

What’s your favorite bridge? From Iran’s Khaju to Paris’s Pont Neuf, here is our list of five of the world’s most stunning.

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