In Northern Albania, vengeance is as likely a form of restitution as anything the criminal-justice system can offer.
No man is an island, which is why the prospect of having one all to oneself can seem the ultimate luxury, a promise of transcendence.
Nowhere in Central Asia is the contrast between the contemporary and the ancient higher than in Kazakhstan. And nowhere is the interplay between the two more starkly embodied than in professional Kazakh kokpar, where riders fight for control of a headless goat.
When I first wrote the Dutchman, ten years ago, he was sailing around the world alone for the sixth and final time. His plan, he said, was to keep on sailing, continuing this last circumnavigation until the day he died.
In the fall of 2015, Germany designated Sumte, population 102, as a sanctuary for nearly 800 refugees. What followed was a living experiment in the country’s principles.
On the island of Hawaii, a proposed telescope has ignited a fight between the champions of modern astronomy and Hawaiians seeking to protect a sacred site.
The kinship between mushers — who live, almost by definition, far from civilization, neighbors, and even one another — is founded on an obsession with dogs, sure, but crystalized through a shared understanding of pain, exhaustion and transcendence.
Plane spotters travel around the world in order to hang out near airport runways so that they can watch and document planes as they take off and land. The details they collect provide an open-source trove of data about global commerce and politics.
Due to pervasive light pollution, eighty per cent of Europe and North America no longer experience real darkness.
Promising an escape from poverty, transnational surrogacy has left many Indian women with little to show for their efforts. What went wrong?
"Today’s pit bull is most threatened by two groups of people: those who hate them, and those who love them.”
Although some dialectal variations can be found, ask most English-speaking Americans what fruity concoction they smear on bread with peanut butter, and “jelly” is the answer that will come back. (If “spreadable fruit” is the reply, run. You’re talking to a cyborg.)
Claiming culinary turf on Instagram.
Working the harvest, then moving on.
For capital juries across America, race still plays a role in who gets to serve.
"Many people of color living in this country can likely relate to the onset of outsized ambition at too young an age, an ambition fueled by the sense, often confirmed by ignorance, of being a second-class citizen and needing to claw your way toward equal consideration and some semblance of respect. Many people of color, like me, remember the moment that first began to shape their ambition and what that moment felt like."
The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars. Men put them on trains and under them. Violence turns them celestial. Age turns them old. We can’t look away. We can’t stop imagining new ways for them to hurt.
Although there are no statistics on life expectancy, it was once typical for one or two stunt people to die each year on the job, most commonly in high falls. Any stunt person of a certain age has grim stories of friends lost.
Behind the headlines of sexual violence is a culture where girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood. How will the next generation break the cycle?
More and more children from Central America are entering the US illegally and alone. What happens when they’re caught?