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The Necessity of Strait Talk

One of the Strait Talk delegates put it this way: Imagine you’re on a date with a girl. While you’re eating, you notice that she has something on her face. Do you tell her on the spot? Perhaps you hesitate out of politeness. After all, you don’t want to embarrass...

Santé: Champagne and Culture, from Paris to Providence

In my arms, I hold seventeen pounds of smooth green glass and I can’t help but think, what if I drop this? I’m cradling the largest bottle of champagne that I’ve ever seen, but I don’t feel like Kanye at his latest release party. I feel like a little kid on...

The Resplendent Isle: Sri Lanka

The tumultuous blue waves crashed onto shore with a ferocious energy, the foamy water spreading across the sand, reaching my toes all the way up the beach. The sun was hot and beating down hard on the dozens of tanned Lankan bodies sprawled across Narigama Beach in Hikkaduwa. The sand...

Uyuni, Bolivia: Photo Guide

The Bolivia-Chile border spans the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. This huge expanse receives an average rainfall of about half an inch per year and is composed of salares (salt lakes), red rocky terrain, volcanic lava geysers, and endless miles of sand. It took me three days to cross from...

A Guide to Churches in Rome

Have you ever thought about making a pilgrimage to Rome to soak up some religious culture, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to trawl through every Wikipedia and TripAdvisor entry under the sun? Well if that sums up your woeful apathy, then this handy list is right up your...


New Orleans: Photo Guide

New Orleans.  She adored New Orleans. She idolized it all out of proportion. No — Make that: She romanticized it all out of proportion. To her, no matter what the situation was, this was still a town that could dance to the screeching of adversity and pulsate to the great...

Awe and Intimacy: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

Photographer Sebastião Salgado will show you the world, and he wants you to care. The famed Brazilian photographer’s latest project, Genesis, is a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. Two weeks ago, I went to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan with the Portuguese and...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Take the 6 Train, Get Off At Canal

Chinatown is the swampiest corner of Manhattan. The crooked alleys filled with hot steam from sizzling food stands. A family of six squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder on a sidewalk with red-plastic-bagged groceries in their hands. Ill-paced delivery bicycles, teenage boys with gold chains and skateboards, men in button-ups holding paper takeout boxes...