Last weekend I went to Cascadia Rainingman Festival to talked to Pacific Northwesterners who dream of a utopia based on environmentalism, renewable energy, and rejecting the influence of the rest of America.
"I have only my life to lose. Whenever I think of that, I have no fear. There's no one to depend on; I only rely on myself. I have this one life to fight against them. If death is the final result, so be it."
Laganas, a sun-kissed village on the Greek island of Zante, is the kind of vacation destination where it takes ten minutes to get drunk, another ten to reach orgasm, and an eternity to get over all the horrible things you've done. Naturally, it's a Mecca
Going to Rio and drinking beer while ignoring the favelas doesn't make you a paragon of virtue. I guess the debate will continue, but it's safe to say it's more complicated than knee jerk cynicism will allow for.
I came to Cambodia to live out the dream I had entertained since my days as a young boy watching endless action movies and filling my youthful hours with GI Joes and Nerf guns: I was going to shoot an AK-47.
We purchased the ketamine from a small gas station pharmacy just down the road without even so much as a prescription. The whole bottle cost less than a round of beers at a roadside Kenyan watering hole.
The Turkish army invaded Cyprus 40 years ago this week. Ever since then, what should be the island nation's most popular resort town has been a cut-off, increasingly dilapidated ghost town. I stopped by to take in the sights.
While the name of the Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena may be pretty enticing, DIFAA isn't a top secret cubbyhole brimming with the kind of stuff that would ufologists too wet. Instead, it's fulfilling "a real need," according to…
The London Trocadero is now the home of invasive souvenir hawkers and chain gift shops displaying a level of bad taste that borders on satirical performance art. It's become a gravestone for the 1990s.
Living in an SRO means you're either one step out of homelessness or one step away from it. As part of our series on housing the homeless in San Francisco, we talked to a man who spends his days wandering between bars in the Mission and drawing dirty cart…
As Turkey's relationship with the European Union becomes tighter, adopting its copyright standards is nearly a foregone conclusion. For now, knockoff peddlers are able to do their business more or less in the open, dealing mostly to European tourists.
Brazilians love Bukowski. There are Portuguese translations of Women (Mulheres) and Post Office (Correio) at newspaper kiosks, Bukowski's ugly mug stenciled onto walls in Sao Paulo's Vila Madalena suburb, and tribute bars.
San Francisco's SROs (single room occupancy housing) once used to function as low-cost dormitory-style apartments for the city's artists, students, and transient workers. In the first in a three-part series, we look at SROs today: mismanaged apartments fo…
New York has become an overpriced, creativity-stifling city for the bourgeoisie. Times Square, on the other hand, remains beautifully full of chain restaurants and street vendors. It might be the only honest part of Manhattan left.
The San Diego Comic-Con has been going on since 1970, and it used to be my favorite time of the year. But in the last few years, it's become almost unbearable for everyone who isn't a celebrity or an industry professional.
I felt both intensely violated and intensely cruel. For the first time, it hit me that although we had wandered into this pervert's Mecca as ironically detached tourists, this man was a permanent fixture here; it was his home.