Culture
From Our Pages: "Prix Fixe--the table next to yours," by Thomas E. Kennedy.

From Our Pages: “Prix Fixe–the table next to yours,” by Thomas E. Kennedy.

Strangers share Christmas dinner in a Copenhagen restaurant. “You hope you don’t look too much like a lonely old guy … There are good astri over this night, and the ruby is the most powerful gem in the universe.”   Thomas E. Kennedy is an American expat who has lived in Copenhagen for more than thirty...
Holiday Reading:  "Dancing in Their Heads," on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood. By Gregory Weatherford.

Holiday Reading: “Dancing in Their Heads,” on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood. By Gregory Weatherford.

Chances are that the next weeks will bring a bit of Nutcracker into your life.  We offer some perspective with Gregory Weatherford’s article about a troupe of ballerinas on the cusp of womanhood, competing for roles in the famous ballet about the hard-jawed hero. By Greg Weatherford. Most of the ballerinas are girls between the ages of...
From Our Pages: "The River My Father Promised, a quest through fifty countries." By Bea Chang.

From Our Pages: “The River My Father Promised, a quest through fifty countries.” By Bea Chang.

  “I came home and I left, again and again, each time reminded of the sadness and disappointment of my own upbringing, the terrible lack of stories.”   For Bea Chang, who contributed the memoir “The River My Father Promised” to our “Maps & Legends” print issue, life is — literally — a journey. At the time she wrote...
From Our Pages: "Agony and Ecstasy in the Amazon": on snuff, ayahuasca, and manhood in Peru. By Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.

From Our Pages: “Agony and Ecstasy in the Amazon”: on snuff, ayahuasca, and manhood in Peru. By Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.

Presenting a popular feature from our print issue 2.1, “Bedeviled”: We invite you to go deep into the Amazon and dig into the snuff pots with intrepid ethnobotanist and ethnographer Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. You’ll learn about the arcane culture of altered states and finish off with a long hard dose of ayahuasca, courtesy of BROAD STREET. Click...
Truth Teller Spotlight: Douglas Haynes.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Douglas Haynes.

“Sometimes the language takes on its own life. This signals to me that it’s worth writing about.” Douglas Haynes is taking off. He has not one but two books out this season: Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters, an account of the struggle to get by in Nicaragua, just...