My Grandmother's Brain
The Atlantic
I remember the bag from my childhood. Transparent and oblong, large enough to fit a handful of papers, a few essentials, and a plastic brain.

Supersonic Airplanes and the Age of Irrational Technology
The Atlantic
The box sat untouched in his bottom desk drawer. For weeks we discussed opening it, and one January morning he was ready.


ASIA

Well-travelled artefacts
The Economist
Last month, a crowd gathered at the National Museum of Cambodia to witness a historic reunion: the head and body of a seventh-century Hindu statue.

Phnom Penh's White Building
ArtAsiaPacific
When I heard Phnom Penh wasn’t a walking city, I bought a good pair of shoes.

Israeli Artist Exhibits His Indian Roots at Kochi Biennale
Tablet Magazine
When artist Meydad Eliyahu was growing up in Mesilat Zion, a moshav in central Israel, he smelled stewing curry leaves and heard the sounds of the South Indian language Malayalam. 

Inside Cambodia's Future Floating Arts Center
Pacific Standard
The Cambodian captain navigates sideways, inching closer to a 97-meter-long rust-red ship that dwarfs our open-air vessel. 

Small World: French Vientiane, Laos
Paste Magazine
The three of us squeezed on a motorbike, zoomed past Buddhist temples and through street-meat smoke to L'Atmosphere. 

Longing to Return to a Place You've Never Been
Roads & Kingdoms
The faint aroma of stewing curry leads the way, reassurance that I’m not lost. 

Coconut: A Love Story
Roads & Kingdoms
I haven’t spoken for four days. 

EUROPE

Yiddish on the rise
The Economist
On the first Sunday of Krakow's recent Jewish Culture Festival several rain-soaked families took their seats in a tiny pop-up library behind a 15th-century synagogue. 

Romek Marber’s iconic illustration
The Economist
It was 1960 when Romek Marber—a young designer in The Economist’s art department—received a phone call that would change his career. 

Ex-Presidents of Poland Issue a Rebuke to the Governing Party
The New York Times
The front page of Poland’s leading newspaper featured on Monday an open letter from three former presidents warning that the new right-wing government’s actions were threatening the country’s democracy.

Poland's Memory Problem
Pacific Standard
When the video chat connects, I see Professor Jan Gross’ eyes smiling through his round glasses, greeting me from a plain room. 

Writing on the wall
The Economist
In 2014 Evan Alberhasky travelled to Poland from Jerusalem to learn about his Jewish ancestral roots. 

Popular Images of Jews in Krakow: Folk Art or Stereotype?
Tablet Magazine
“Everybody wants to be a Rothschild,” an older Polish woman joked as we gazed at the wooden figurine holding a gold coin.

Europe's Reproductive Blights
Pacific Standard
It was Sunday in Poland, so no pew was empty.

Italy and My Body
AFAR
The dessert menu arrives.


Art’s equivocal relationship with the natural world
The Economist
Poets struggled to contain the grandeur and infinity of nature within the limits of their verse; lines run on from each other, metre is disrupted, stanzas and rhyme are irregular. 

Miami's Post-Castro World
Roads & Kingdoms
I am late for the party.

 

My Father's Guitar & Other Imaginary Things
Washington Independent Review of Books
As if being a Texan Jew didn’t make his perspectives noteworthy enough, Joseph Skibell is a storyteller who views the world as a humorous archaeologist: curious, probing, and droll. 

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