The USSR’s fallen monuments and failed reckoning offer lessons for our own near future.
How a fellow pastry lover shut down my mini-tantrum with one simple gesture
How the phrase “I mean well!” was ruined forever by our Uber driver’s flawless retort
Jerusalem, 1988: A sherut driver’s heroic act of honesty saved this young traveler from a ruined trip.
Annals of Memorable Meals: Angkor Beer, rice porridge, durian, and faith in a Kampong Thom town
Why telling a story in someone else’s voice is perhaps the biggest challenge of all—and the utmost (terrifying) privilege
Writing about other people’s lives is an exercise in trust, empathy, self-awareness and humility. We don’t always get it right, but it’s our job to keep trying.
Hard Times and Not-So-Great Expectations in a Very Dickensian Aircraft Incident