Brian M.'s Archive

Sandcastles in the Desert

By / March 2015

Can Dubai, the Detroit of the Middle East, escape the fate of other boom towns?

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In Turkey, Ice Climbing Finds a Foothold

By / March 2015

Brian McKanna on the push to turn northeastern Turkey into an ice sports capital: “Village women stare from balconies that double as haylofts. By their faces, I figure they’ve never seen a foreigner, much less ice axes and neon North Face jackets.”

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The Song and Dance

By / February 2015

The hills of Salzburg, writes Brian McKanna, are still alive with the sounds of music, but not in the way you might think.

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How Tea Will Travel

By / January 2015

In India, they add lemongrass. In Iran, rock candy. In Thailand, milk and crushed ice. Writer Brian McKanna on how to travel the world in a cup of tea.

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The Loveliest Commotion

By / January 2015

Brian McKanna profiles Mehmet Tamdeger, custodian of Istanbul’s cymbal-making legacy.

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In Budapest, Marking a Red Past With Stalin and Marx

By / November 2014

Brian McKanna on Memento Park: “Its architect, Akos Eleod, explicitly set out to create a space where visitors can explore dictatorship in the freedom of democracy.”

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