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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Welsh Suicide Contagion

    Bridgend rose to international fame in 2008 when a 17-year-old girl, Natasha Randall, was found hanged shortly after the new year.

  • Comfort Food

    As with everything else they do, the girls in Japan take it just that little bit too far, right up to the point where it’s basically obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tears Of A Porcelain Clown Egg

    Out of the blue, photographer Luke Stephenson emailed us 34 photos of eggs painted with the faces of famous clowns.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.