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Welcome to the Looking Glass Issue, a not-so-subtle nod to the trippy photo (shot by Michael Northrup) gracing this month's cover. If you're not familiar with Northup's work, we suggest you start googling immediately. He's a photographer's photographer, with an extensive archive few have seen. We first published him in our 2012 Photo Issue, with a series titled "Family First," which was, predictably, shots of his friends and family. In this issue, we get another glimpse through his archives in the series "Flash First," made up of a selection of funny, chaotic moments and more subdued black-and-white still lifes.
We also have a beautiful portfolio of photographer Lewis Khan's journey to Cuba's annual firework festival and work by Dornith Doherty, who since 2008 has been documenting the world's seed banks—fail-safe freezers, built in remote locations, that protect important seeds from natural and man-made disasters.
For quick reads, Jason Leopold discusses a FOIA file that reveals the infamous DC Madam was first investigated for postal crimes; resident infographic wizard Haisam Hussein breaks down global trade by the numbers; Lauren Oyler talks to poet Patricia Lockwood about her upcoming memoir, Priestdaddy; and Jeremy Rifkin answers some questions about preparing for the Third Industrial Revolution.
If you have some time on your hands, take a look at new fiction by Tim Parks, an investigation into Hong Kong's foreign domestic workers fighting for equal rights, and a travel story on how kitsch and environmental consciousness may save Florida's independent tourism industry.
And if you have even more time on your hands, check out our features: one on 72 hours spent at the Hasidic Burning Man, and another about an American in Guatemala who's fighting to save an endangered jungle from ranchers, corrupt officials, and narco traffickers.
There's much more, too… And don't forget: You can get the magazine (100-plus glossy pages) delivered to your doorstep each month by subscribing.