Places

The View from Istanbul

By / July 2012

As Istanbul grows, writes Brian McKanna, the best place to get a sense of the city’s past and future remains a rooftop, whether rickety or brand new.

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The View from the Corniche

By / June 2012

Leah Reynolds walks the coastal road in Abu Dhabi: “The Corniche might be riven with contradictions, but the multitudes, myself included, thrill to the sight of an oasis in the desert that is no mirage.”

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The View from Mogadishu

By / June 2012

Abdi Latif Dahir returns to the beleaguered capital of Somalia: “The dust on the rubble was settling and that is always the first step towards starting over.”

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The View from Djibouti

By / May 2012

Rachel Pieh Jones on the hottest country on earth: “Despite the listlessness of the waves, the winds off the ocean where the Red Sea bleeds into the Gulf of Aden provide a soothing breeze.”

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Words Made Flesh

By / May 2012

Brian McKanna on Istanbul’s newest museum, a project by the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk: “Pamuk has fashioned a clever, fascinating study into the discrepancies between fact and fabrication.”

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The View from a Rickshaw

By / May 2012

Chris Watts on what Chennai looks like from the back of a rickshaw: “Chennai roads are a maelstrom of close, breath-brief encounters. Nameless, nearly formless, strangers keep whizzing by.”

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