Volume 22 Issue 8

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'The Lost Head and the Bird': A Short Story and Photo Essay

A short story from the ongoing work "The Coast," by Magnum photographer Sohrab Hura.
Sohrab Hura
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August's Best and Worst Albums

Royal Headache rules, Hot Chip reminds us that British white dudes can't dance, and the new Mac Demarco mini-LP inspired a hallucinatory experience involving characters from "The X-Files."
VICE Staff
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Photos of Small Town Life in Catskill, New York

You learn to love and hate it all at once—always wanting to leave, always coming back, longing for the day you drop everything and go for good.​
Juan Madrid
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'Shrink': Fiction by Tim Parks

Tim Parks is the author of 16 novels, a short story collection, and multiple essay collections. This is his first short story for VICE.
Tim Parks
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Prepping for the Apocalypse at a Doomsday Training Camp

I learned how to cut through zip ties, pick locks, and lived through a fake kidnapping—all in the name of girding myself for the lawless world to come.
Theodore Ross

Bowling Alleys Are American Pockets of Purgatory

It's a sport/game/leisure activity so simple that I always feel vaguely self-conscious actually explaining it out loud: "Well, you, um, try to knock down pins with a ball."
VICE Staff
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The Polar Extremes of Communities Behind California's 'Redwood Curtain'

Underneath the grandeur of nature, the struggles of small-town life are found.
Curran Hatleberg
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Artist Marilyn Minter on Her First Retrospective, Anti-Censorship, and Pubes

We caught up with the inimitable painter about her impending retrospective, which she says is "about the overlooked."
Joseph Keckler
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Getting Drunk on Tea Infusions with Montreal’s Underground Connoisseurs

A select group of tea collectors are known to gather in Montreal's best tea shop for an invite-only event called "After Hours." Guests bring their most prized tea and, under the guise of camaraderie, hope to be pummeled into herbal enlightenment.
Rowan Jacobsen
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Why Isn’t a Revolutionary HIV Medication Getting to Sex Workers?

Thanks to widespread stigma and cultural incompetency within the health-care system, Truvada is not reaching the people who may need it most.
Caelainn Hogan
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Everyone Wants a Piece of Karl Ove Knausgaard

How did a Norwegian writer who writes extremely long, introspective books about his own life become the toast of the literary world?
James Yeh
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Azerbaijan Is Trying to Attract Tourism with Its Crude Oil Spas

While getting your crude oil all over the place is usually frowned upon, there's one town in Azerbaijan that's tied its fortune to dunking tourists in the stuff.
Ryan Max