Brian M.'s Archive

An Egg and a Stone

By / September 2015

Modern-day Georgians descend into the vale of far northeastern Turkey to experience what remains of Tao-Klarjeti, their medieval kingdom.

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The Women in the Fields

By / August 2015

In Rize, Brian McKanna visits the brave, indefatigable women responsible for Turkey’s summer tea harvest: “‘Are the men lazy?’ I asked.A�’Oh, definitely,’ Serpil said.”

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In Iran, Sites Unseen

By / August 2015

“As the West warms to the idea of a codified relationship with The Islamic Republic of Iran,” writes Brian McKanna, “it may be time to reacquaint ourselves with a country often obscured by recent history.”

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‘Fashion Isn’t Frivolous’

By / July 2015

Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, talks sneaker culture, Renaissance platforms, and and the odd history of high heels.

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In Toronto, Scenes from a Market

By / June 2015

The diverse offerings and lively atmosphere of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market have led some to call it the world’s greatest food market. Brian McKanna sends these pictures.

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Step in Time

By / April 2015

Brian McKanna goes dancing on the Black Sea coast: “The history of the horon is full of lore, as well as a bit of mystery. Could it have come from Ireland? Gaelic peoples once populated the Anatolian plainsa��even bagpipes have Middle Eastern roots.”

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