• India's Street Doctors Will Bleed the Sickness Right Out of You

    Veteran bloodletter Mohammad Gyas watches as his son slices open the hands and feet of the sick with single-use razor blades in the gardens of a mosque in Old Delhi. A few feet away, a middle-aged arthritis sufferer leaps energetically onto a brick platform. Springing back down a…

  • I Had Romance Sex at Kate's Lazy Meadow

    So as we all know, last Thursday was Valentine's Day, and while you were staring at your weird girlfriend or boyfriend across a table at Applebee's, I was up in the Catskills with my sex lover, doing sex lover things at Kate's Lazy Meadow.

  • Carnival Day in Naples's Mafia-Run Slums

    In the notorious district of Scampia in northern Naples, drug and arms wars rage wildly and clan bosses reign supreme. One day per year, however, the children take center stage for a colorful and lavish Christian celebration that comes just before Lent.

  • I Couchsurfed with Settlers in the Holy Land

    A couple of months ago, my friend was on a rant (albeit, a very coherent one) about how CouchSurfing's website supports Zionism by allowing settlers in the West Bank to list their location as "Judea and Samaria"—the Israeli name for most of the disputed West Bank. She was trying…

  • Three Gothic Tales from Austin, Texas

    Amie and Clancy Martin went to Austin recently. While there, they were almost kicked out of a hipster hotel, ate delicious sushi, and accompanied a friend to get a tattoo. Here are three reviews from their trip, one from each of their adventures.

  • A Bike Ride to the Top of Rio's Oldest Favela

    In preparation for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, the Rio de Janeiro city government is in the process of evicting thousands of residents of Providência, the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro. Favela is the Brazilian word for a neighborhood that is built by its own residents,…

  • I Ate a Dog in Hanoi

    The first thing that struck me was the sheer chewiness. Ten gabbers on MDMA couldn't work up the gum power between them to gnaw through a chunk of this stuff in less than two minutes. What had started as a harmless foray into local tradition had quickly become a living nightmare…

  • Inside Cassadaga, the Psychic Capital of the World

    “How is my grandmother doing?” I asked. She started to go into a trance, and got a look on her face like a small turd was being held beneath her nose. “She says, ‘I’m doing dandy’.” My grandmother would never say the word “dandy.” She was a hard boiled, Sicilian woman. Things…

  • Porn and Free Sashimi and My Wedding in Las Vegas

    Although my husband and I had already been married in India, in a ceremony that I thought was beautiful and perfect because it was simple, to make everything official we went to Vegas. If my account of our legal wedding has a curious sadness, what can I say? I am not really a Las…

  • Taji's Mahal - Costa Rica with Hitch

    When my aunt picked me and Jade up at the San Jose Airport, she introduced us to her good friend, Hitch. Little did we know that he would be one of the best travel companions ever. Our bonding experience with Hitch officially began after we got lost in the nosebleed mountains for…

  • Living the American Dream in the West Bank

    Prospective settlers of Hashmonaim receive a handy FAQ sheet: “Is this area over the ‘Green Line?’ ” reads one question. “Geographically and tax-wise, yes,” the sheet explains. But because it’s guarded by armed men and the Israeli government sanctions the settlement, Hashmonaim d…

  • Americana

    It's Like Vietnam All Over Again - Full Length

    The Vietnam War has typically been forbidden territory for war reenactors, but reenactment groups around the country have begun collecting their rice hats and period-appropriate M16s for pretend skirmishes with fake Viet Cong.

  • Global Food Poisoning in Italy

    Bra is the sort of town where old women really do wear all black to signify their widowhood and where the stores are closed for three, sometimes four, hours every afternoon. I went there to study Piedmontese regional food culture but instead found a surprisingly globalized coteri…

  • Fighting Wildfires in Western Idaho

    As we get to the ridge, the forest opens up into a clearing and we see the valley stretch out before us. Blue-green smoke covers the hills as far as we can see. The fire hasn't burned this side of the ridge, and it's quiet and cool in the morning.