The Universal Sadness Issue

  • Sunny Side Up

    Randy Polumbo is a softly spoken American artist who makes the snoozesome world of modern sculpture seem a hoot a minute.

  • Illegal Operations

    In 2006, David Matas, a prominent human rights lawyer, released a report claiming that the Chinese government was using imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners as an organ transplant supermarket.

  • Protest By Fire

    Everything starts to look a bit unremarkable once you stumble upon a hospital ward full of girls who have tried, and failed, to kill themselves.

  • Workshop Workshop

    If you want to write highbrow fiction today, you’ve probably at least considered getting a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

  • Stuck In Saskatoon

    The corner of Avenue C and 20th Street West in the heart of Riversdale, Saskatoon, is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Canada.

  • Jesus Was A Terrorist

    Barun Roy is the editor of The Himalayan Beacon, a monthly magazine based in Darjeeling that has a reputation for unswerving journalism and being more clued-up than anyone else.

  • Who's Hungry?

    On the afternoon of June 12, 1981, a Japanese man named Issei Sagawa walked into the woods in Bois de Boulogne, France, carrying two suitcases.

  • The Dusty Ground And The Dying Koalas

    Australia’s the driest inhabited country in the world, and many parts have been in a state of perpetual drought since the mid-1990s.

  • The Busy Gallows Of Iran

    Iran is the only country in the world that continues to execute children. 2008 saw six teenagers get the chair kicked from under them (that's right, hanging is the preferred method).

  • The Brutal Hills Of Sicily

    In the small Sicilian farming town of Niscemi, old women wear black shawls and men carry shotguns in the trunks of their cars. Most of them are used for hunting.

  • Prawns Ahoy!

    It’s important that the last woman you see before you board a fishing trawler is reasonably hot.

  • My Obama Hajj

    As someone raised on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I have to report that the actual invitation to the 2009 presidential inauguration looked a tad underwhelming.