Brian M.'s Archive

Under the Hammer

By / August 2016

In a Haitian town of Croix-des-Bouquets, writes Brian McKanna, metalworkers labor to bring shape and meaning out of mangled loss


Rose of Syria

By / June 2016

Brian McKanna on a beleaguered country’s resilient flower: “What makes the Damask so attractive is its combination of intoxicating aroma and irrepressibility.”


The London We Don’t Want to See

By / March 2016

Brian McKanna on what the gentrification of the city’s mews, or horse stables, reveals about our obsession with history.


Letter from Erzurum

By / January 2016

Brian McKanna writes from Turkey’s coldest city: “Will Russia cut off our natural gas? The answer is always the same: It doesna��t matter. We can make it through winter without gas. We can always burn our tezek.”


Putting the French Back in Fries

By / November 2015

In Canada, writes Brian McKanna, poutine is more than a fad: “PoutineA�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.”


Postcard from Eretria

By / October 2015

Brian McKanna visits an eerily quiet town on the Greek island of Evia: “Joanna Krokou works at Apollo, a knickknack shop. She is friendly but she is stressed. She worries about her job, worries how shea��ll provide for her kids.”